Day 133 – Crossing the Line

Where Next?
Bob Williams
Mon 25 Apr 2022 08:50
Noon Position: 00 04.1 N 068 18.8 E
Course: NNE Speed: 4.5 knots
Wind: W F3 Sea: slight
Swell: W 0.5m
Weather: sunny, hot, humid
Day’s Run: 129nm

This forenoon, at 1106, we crossed the equator and are now in the northern hemisphere, another little milestone in our voyage realised.
The SW monsoon has been light but steady and we have made good progress, better than I would have thought given the light conditions. I suspect that the Equatorial Counter-current might be giving us a little bit of a boost.
The hot and humid weather is energy sapping and at times, in fact most of the time, I find it a challenge to motivate myself to do things. However, this forenoon, with the light winds and dry weather and the patches of paint on deck crying for another coat (epoxy does not like to be exposed to UV for too long), I pushed myself to break out the paint pots, give the patches a light sand and paint them with another coat of primer-undercoat. If the weather continues light and dry tomorrow I will put a coat of polyurethane topcoat on them (which has excellent UV resistance).
Minicoy Island lies 575 miles ahead. If we continue to make good daily runs in the order of 120 miles we will round it sometime on the 30th.
All is well.