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Date: 20 Feb 2010 23:29:23
Title: We found the Westerlies ...??!!?

Hello Friends                "3:10N 106:35W"
 
We motored south through a very wet night and made good progress so that we're now enjoying the first signs of the south equatorial current which will help us west. (The S Equatorial current is in fact N of the Equator - centred on about 1 degree N.)
 
Amazingly we saw another tuna boat this afternoon - 1,650 miles from Panama where a lot seem to be based. So the next time you complain about the price of tuna, just think of the fuel the fishermen have burned to go and get it for you.
 
The rains have now eased off and it could with minor imagination be described as dry if not exactly sunny. The winds have resumed, rather curiously from the west, but they are enabling us to make a course of about 200 which is fine for the moment.
 
Judging from NOAA http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/MIAHSFEP2.shtml?text our beloved homepage, there is quite a bit of turbulence and convection around this area of the doldrums and this explains the weird winds and rather excessive rainfall. We'll soon be far enough south to be, literally, in the clear.
 
Our clocks are slightly off today so that we're having coffee at 1600 instead of tea, but in all other respects, all is well on Blue Sky.
 
Best Wishes
 
George, Michael, Alex and Simon
 

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