South of the Line

Noon position: 01 37.4 S 170 03.0 W
Course: SW Speed: 5 knots
Wind: ENE, F3 –gentle breeze
Sea: slight Swell: E 1 meters
Weather: mostly sunny, warm
Day’s run: 144 nm

Yesterday, at three minutes past four, post meridian, at longitude 169 degrees 40.0 minutes West, Sylph crossed the equator for the fourth time since we have been voyaging together – and, as far as I know, in her lengthy life – into her home hemisphere. I am confident that the ‘podeans’ have not seen the last of us and that there will be a few more adventures taking us back north yet. After all, I rather carelessly left a fat furry shipmate behind on the wrong side of the line.

Another good day’s run.

Tomorrow we pass close by Kanton Island in the Phoenix Island Group, part of the Republic of Kiribati. I am tempted to stop for a couple of days for a look around as I doubt very much whether I will be passing this way again. On the other hand, I have miles to go and promises to keep.

1,225 nm to Fiji, 2,975 to Sydney (90 nm to Kanton Island).

All is well.