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What will this tropical weather do?

23:09.61S 135:02.32W

I mentioned before the fact that we had been struggling to get our heads around tropical weather and its forecasting. Last weekend had not just us but every boat in the area studying the weather situation very closely. A tropical depression was coming right over us (TD18F was its label) and as it was our first experience of one we were not sure what to expect.
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Searching for the South East trade winds

Isla Robinson Crusoe; in our wake

Isla Robinson Crusoe; in our wake
Friday 26th February 2016
27:32.00S 089:44.5W - 1000 miles east of Easter Island

There is not a lot to report this week, we are at sea heading in the general direction of Easter Island, Rapa Nui or Isla de Pascua; take you pick of the names. We departed Isla Robinson Crusoe on the 20th February.

The distance over the direct or great circle route to Easter Island from Isla Robinson Crusoe is about 1650 miles but we can’t go that way due to the way the wind blows; our route will ultimately cover about 1800 miles. Read more ›



Guessing at the weather

We are still sitting out a prolonged period of windy conditions that look set to last for some days to come. I thought that I would write a little about the sources of information that we use to ‘guess’ what weather we ‘might’ get. Here when we talk of weather we generally mean ‘wind’; provided that the wind is favourable what the rest of the “weather” is doing is almost irrelevant. Read more ›



HF Radio, Sailmail, Airmail, Pactor and all that gubbins

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HF radio and Pactor modem (yellow box) in “Morgane’s” nav station

People often ask whether we have internet or email aboard and how we go about communicating with the outside world, posting these blog articles and receiving weather information. The short answer is no we do not have access to the internet; but we can send and receive email and access some information that is published on-line. By sending text and very small pictures via email I can update the blog even at sea; Read more ›



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