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.