We crossed the equator in the wee hours of the night. I was posed with a camera and managed to capture 0.000′N on the chart plotter (picture coming when I have a proper Internet connection). In a way this is a momentous occasion. We are now true world sailors having crossed the equator twice. We are also now back in the northern hemisphere for the first time since March of 2009 when we crossed on our way to the Galapagos. It’s nice to be back on the side of the Earth with most of our friends and family.
We are still enroute to our last stop in Indonesia and hope to arrive before dark in about 12 hours from now. Hopefully before the workers at marina we are going to leave for the day.
Our passage has been yet another typical Indonesia passage with little wind. Although more wind (about 10-12 knots at times) than we’ve had on some of the passages. Unfortunately, because of the possibility of our arriving during light hours, we had to keep our speeds up. So, although we could have sailed at a stately 5 knots or so for parts of the trip, we kept the motor going at a modest RPM (less fuel) and kept our speed closer to 7 knots.
So far we have been lucky with few fishing vessels seen, mostly just ships that have AIS and show up well on our radar. Tomorrow will be different as we go between some islands and we have heard there are lots of fishing traps and nets in that area.