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At Sea: Convergence Zones

June 15th, 2009 · No Comments

So after the entry for yesterday we had a series of heavy rain squalls and the wind went from 8 knots all the way up to 30 knots.  Lots of fiddling, sail changes and getting a little wet. Then at dawn we came out of that zone into normal trade winds.  20 knots or so from the ESE with a light scattering of small cumulus clouds.  One of the pilot books describes what we had as a convergence zone.  These are continuations of the fronts associated with lows down in the roaring fourties.  These convergence zones seem to be a feature of the South Pacific with the one people watch called,  wait for it, the South Pacific Convergence Zone(SPCZ).  It was giving farmers heavy rain in New Zealand last week but more normally is in the Fiji and Tonga area.

Position: [-7.915,-129.973] at 15:00 local, 23:00 GMT 15th June
24hr run: 154 miles by GPS, 160 miles through water.
534 miles to Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands. ETA at 5 knots: 13:00 GMT 20th June
Wind: ESE 22 knots Sea: Short SE swell 2m
Sky:  20% cloud cover[-7.915,-129.973]

Tags: At Sea · Pacific Leg