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Tahiti is tantalizing close as our time in the trades draws to a close.

There’s some complex weather ahead signalling the end of the SE trades. In about a week’s time, we’ll be facing the transition the trades to the westerlies that sweep around the world south of the 5 great capes. It is this transition that has us going easterly.

Forecasts show that beneath a ridge of high pressure there is a compressed band of SSE winds in the 20-30 knot range. If I can stay east of the ridge a bit, I would get some relief from these winds. Crossing the ridge well to the east of Pitcairn gives me more favourable conditions for a course south and east to the Horn. That’s my thinking and current plan.

These clouds won’t be with us very much longer. They’ve become familiar friends, much like the clouds I grew up with on the prairies in southeastern Saskatchewan. In the distance, you can see some clouds with turret-like structures. These are my favourites: cumulus castelanus. Castles in the sky.

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1 Comment
  • Claude
    Posted at 20:39h, 29 March Reply

    In weather like today having a fellow partner would make the difference of the world.

    Heavy weather conditions are great only when you have enough energy to enjoy it. I wish you the time of your life.

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