Tropical Squals
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Tropical Squals

Tropical Squals

Tropical Squals

This is what trouble looks like in the tropics at sea. Winds locally can be up to 35 knots or more and the rain torrential. They tend to form in the early evening and build into the night. And therein lies the rub. You can’t see them coming.

They are visible on radar if you’re watch-keeping with radar. Don’t have the electrical capacity to run the radar with guard zones set. For us, discretion is the better art of valour and we reduce sail at night just so we don’t get caught with our pants down.

They also have a habit of altering the normal trade winds in their immediate vicinity. If one of these guys runs you over, you will be left wallowing in a big wind hole as the trades take their sweet time to fill back in.

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.

  • Suzan Persons
    Posted at 15:43h, 09 July Reply

    What an amazing journey!!

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