Voyage to Panama pt 1

Technology issues prevented us from posting at sea so rather belatedly here is the first of our tales from the high seas, more to follow shortly:

Where are the Trades?

After a short detour to exchange three very rusty camping gaz bottles for some slightly less dubious ones at a tiny boatyard east of the eponymous fort of Forte de France Temptress motored out to sea on Tuesday February 2nd. Initially we blamed the bulk of Martinique’s mountains for coming between us and the wind, later we blamed a weather front and today over 24 hours later we have simply run
out of ideas why the usually reliable Easterly F4-5 trade winds are currently a less than impressive F2-3 or less.

All is well on board if a little hot and sticky in the light winds. By noon today Wednesday 3 February we had managed a measly 125 nm but have read plenty, eaten well and spent a lot of time trying to improve our fishing techniques; to no avail so far but we live in hope. The big blue and white
spinnaker went up midmorning in an attempt to lift our speed above 3 knots but after lunch even that wasn’t filling so we doused all sail and went for a swim instead. The deep blue water was amazing clear but the swimmers (only two in the water at a time for safetly) required a rope to hold onto as the silver lining in all this is that we do seem to have a knot or so of current pushing us in the right direction!