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The route from Australia to Necker Island is one against the prevailing weather conditions, which means that rather than sailing with the trade winds along the trade route, we're headed in the opposite direction.
In real terms what this means is we're beating into swells, rather than riding them. We're swimming upstream rather than going with the currents.
Despite this, we've been incredibly lucky with the weather. We managed to navigate our way through three nasty low pressure systems and a cyclone, and we've encountered favourable winds most of the way.
The weather in the sub tropicd consists of thundering trade winds and intermittent squalls with winds of 30 knots plus that disappear as fast as they appear.
At any one time, there may be two or three squalls on the horizon, promising a small amount of relief from the heat with a quick rain fall.
We get weather reports daily that give us to the minute weather and routing information for our current location. Things included in the report are wind strengths, direction, swell height and direction, current and atmospheric pressure, all of which is very important in helping us plan the optimal route.
Til next time from somewhere in the ocean!
Jono & Suzanne
17th April 2015
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15th October 2014
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8th September 2014
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20th August 2014
Foodie Friday: Seared Kobe beef Strip loin
20th April 2012
Special offer for Necker Belle whale watching
15th December 2011
Necker Island back on its feet... with Necker Belle's help!
21st September 2011
Swimming with the whales of the Silver Bank
23rd June 2011
Necker Belle just won her first Race!
30th March 2011
Hola, Buenas Dias, Bonjour, Guten Tag, Ciao from Necker Belle
15th November 2010