This passage has resulted in a lot of changes in our environment. The temperature on board got quite hot of course as we approached and passed the equator, but it has become much more tolerable as we got north and the north east trade winds blew cooler air into the boat.
We had few squalls at the start, but lots of them along the coast of South America.
One of my favorite changes was the slow creeping of the night sky to south, and the constellations I grew up with finally getting back into a more normal elevation. A few days ago we saw the north star for the first time on Tahina since 2010 (not counting trips home).
We had a fantastic current with us most of the way up the coast of South America, but yesterday afternoon it started pushing us from the port side. Last night it clocked and pushed a knot of current against us slowing us down. Fortunately, we had higher winds than forecasted yesterday, and made up some extra miles.
Our time zones have changed as well. So much that we are now on the same time as the east coast of the US!
We can tell we are close to the Caribbean sea, we have seen an increasing amount of sargasso seaweed in the sea. Yesterday there were “fields” of the stuff. Patches 1 or 2 meter wide and dozens of meters long.
It looks like we will arrive sometime tomorrow (Wednesday) in Grenada. This has been our longest passage ever (20 days), and we are really looking forward to stopping the boat and getting some decent rest, having a meal on shore, and celebrating our circumnavigation with a drink or two (we drink no alcohol on passages).