Monday, September 7, 2009

And the Battering continues..................

          Its been four days since we headed into the trade winds and started thumping South South West. We are still at it and if the weather forecast is anything to go by will continue for the next couple of days! The winds have remained a steady SE about 20 to 30 kts gusting to about 35 kts. Normally we should be able to sail a Southerly course with such winds. Unfortunately the winds have also whipped up a swell of over 4 mtrs. Trying to sail closer than about 50 degrees to the wind means heading right into the swell, making the boat to stop dead with each wave while making her slam hard which may cause avoidable damage. So we are heading SSW aware that we are actually increasing the distance that we will need to travel eastward once we get out of the trades and into the Westerlies.
          The cook has finally relented and started doing limited heating so we had hot coffee in the morning and some hot soup and ready to eat Biryani for dinner.Yesterday was some homemade heat & eat Upma with dry fish. Absolutely delicious! I think my mom seriously needs to apply for a patent for her dishes before someone steals the ideas!
          It has started getting cold after sunset reminding us that its the winter season in this part of the world. At present course and speed we should be crossing the Tropic of Capricorn (23 1/2 Deg S) by tomorrow night and will remain South of it till next year when we are back in the Indian Ocean heading home! So as much cause for celebration as the Equator crossing I suppose!
          My tracker for the project seems to be busy tonight so giving this morning's updated position. Have a good night.

8 comments:

Nandini said...

I absolutely agree with you about the patents! She is really amazing!

Rashmi said...

Hi, I sure agree with u. I have also suggested she write a book. Maybe u both can publish them at the same time. The r coming here tomorrow to spend the day with us. All the best to u. I hope u get some fair weather.

Madhumita said...

Hi Dilip, we envy you freaking out on 'Sodyancha Upama'.Mami certainly deserves aplaud. How is Mhadei taking the battering? Good to get the blog, though after 3 days of waiting. We certainly crave- Meeta bhabhi

SUBIR said...

Hi,

Congrats - you must have crossed the Tropic of Capricorn by now. Crossing the equator was a big deal for the Europeans. For us Indians the bid deal should be crossing the Tropic of Capricorn. Now you have done it once again.

With you having to head SSW, maybe you'll set the record for the longest distance travelled to go round the world !!! Romp on.....

seaferns said...

sir, your blog was doubly appreciated after the 3 day hiatus. good to know that you are at least progressing south. fingers crossed that you can manage the easting once you cross Capricorn. sir, whenever time permits, detail like Wind Angle, heading, speed would be truly appreciated. As would any images of the current / predicted weather. all the best and keep the blogs coming.

pallavi said...

Patents on Upma,I think you should do it.!!

As a lawyer I can help you getting your patents registered , while you come back safely sailing. What Say ??

Praying for your safe and happy sailing !!

chatty said...

hey longer way round trip ???? how is the cold

madhuri said...

hello, I am new to this ... so tell me how the day goes by. Do you follow a daily routine? Are there things you have to do at a certain time when you are alone and out there on the sea? Is it easy to get bored?

I agree about the patent. But you defintely need some tasters - I'll be happy to be one!! I'll let know Nandini ahead of time so she can tell your mother! btw.. I'm RadhaAnkush's mavshi