Oh, how wonderful, I'm a bit jealous.
We left from Galapagos
, and ... next time I will have more faith that the trade
winds will eventually turn on. Last time I was overly cautious about using too much fuel
in the beginning of the trip, and ended up frustrating ourselves by trying to sail too much through the ITCZ, blew out a spinnaker
in a night squall, and etc, before giving up and just motoring due South about a hundred miles to find the first puffs of steady wind
So, next time I will be more aggressive with the motor
in the beginning, and not worry about using too much in the first couple hundred of 2600 (or whatever) miles. The wind
started to turn on a couple degrees South of the equator, enough that we could ghost along at 3 knots with our working sails
, and then over the next days gradually built to the beautifully orgasmic trades, and we didn't motor
again until going through the passes in the Tuatmotus, I think. We were having so much fun with the steady trades that we sailed on and off the anchor
in the Marquessas, and didn't, in fact, bother to refill the diesel tanks
, most of the way through the South Pacific
So trust that the trade
winds will come, and they'll be glorious.