Day 10: The Horse Latitudes and the Sargasso Sea

A band of variable winds extends across the Atlantic to the north of the NE trade winds. This is an area of high atmospheric pressure and the winds are often very light and long periods of calms are common – like now. This is the area of the Horse Latitudes (Roßbreiten) and the infamous Sargasso Sea where sailing ships in the old days used to be becalmed for days on end (until they had to kill the horses they had on board). We are crossing this area in direction North. First, in light winds, we set our large and thin light wind sail, the Gennaker. But for 24 hours now we use the engine and expect to do so another 12 hours. Luckily, we loaded 6 extra Diesel canisters…

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