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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.

Follow my tracks in real-time:


  • BT
    Posted at 10:41h, 02 July Reply

    Bert, you are amazing! Following you progress and posts with great admiration for you courage and wishing / willing you success. You are on the downhill run now. All the best from an Aussie follower BT ( 2 degrees of separation from your Uncle Joe).

  • Sandi Lyon
    Posted at 03:20h, 06 July Reply

    That looks about right. When it’s hot out in the ocean, its foggy and wet on the Wet Coast. That means you’re on the right track, heading the right direction. Finally. Woohoo.

  • Anita Kuntz
    Posted at 00:10h, 08 July Reply

    Following you journey and am truly amazed.

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