We have gotten through the Northeast Trade Winds and are aiming for the Azores. Flying fish continue to come on board and we've seen evidence of the Harmattan: dust from the Sahara Desert blown to our location, some 1280 miles away.
We start the week by crossing the Equator, after 91 days, 6 hours, and 14 minutes of racing. On to the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) and then the northeast trade winds, before finally planning our route back to Les Sables d'Olonne.
We continue our climb up the Atlantic Ocean, in variable wind conditions. Progress is made degree by degree. We'll be off the coast of Brazil for most of the week, with our sights set on Recife. And then - the Equator!
We are slowly making our way up the Atlantic Ocean. While the shifting winds have been challenging, at least we are seeing more sun, stars, and the temperatures are warming up.
We face challenging conditions as we approach Cape Horn, with shifting weather forecasts and gale force winds. We'll take the outside route, to reduce the stress on the boat and the Skipper, passing by the Diego Ramírez Islands before making the turn...
This week we've been sailing along the Antarctic Exclusion Zone, in the company of 3 other boats. We had one afternoon of sunshine, but otherwise it has been gray and is getting colder, as we begin our approach to Cape Horn.
We were welcomed to 2017 with a gale - the violence that the sea can heap on a boat is not describable. After an exhausting couple of days, we were rewarded with what was been the nicest day of sailing that we’ve had in months, with lots of sunshine and 15 knots of...
This week we had a lonely Christmas at sea, but we received many holiday emails from friends and family, and had several Skype video conversations with friends and family, and all of that, including the encouragement and good wishes from our sitesALIVE participants...
We passed one of the milestones of Vendée Globe this week, Cape Leeuwin, at the southwest corner of Australia. This is also a reminder that we still have a long, long way to go and we must look after our boat.
We continue to cross the Indian Ocean, in the company of squalls and albatross.