Becalmed, Video

26 Apr

April 25, 2019/Day 202

Noon Position: 0 14S  30 22W

Wind(t/tws): N 3 – 4

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 39

Miles since departure: 27,401

Avg. Miles/Day: 136

Becalmed overnight. And, as I type it’s two hours after dark and sails are down again. Wind showed promise during the day, but that was all it showed. We’ve made good fourteen miles in the last eight hours. You are likely looking at the tracker and wondering–and yes, my forecast also shows a lovely wind from NNE at 10 – 15 in this sector. Sorry folks, that wind does not exist here. In fact, no wind of greater than 3 knots has existed here in memory.

I could go on. But instead, a video from this morning with some images of what it is to be becalmed…

This article was syndicated from The Figure 8 Voyage


  1. Catherine Hackett

    Thank you for letting me tag along on your journey. What a beautiful day. So glad that you are able to appreciate it. Hopefully a little breeze will come along and ease you forward on your way but it’s nice to know that you can appreciate ALL of the journey.

  2. John Sutherland

    Your 360 view of the open ocean is a stirring reminder of how large and wonderful this planet of ours is. Thanks for sharing!

  3. David J Goldberg

    Really feel for you.
    The video brought memories,we were becalmed for 10 days.
    I remember trowing little floating things and seen them pass our boat!
    The only think reassured me will some time leave was the absence of any abandoned “galleon” floating around.
    A true test of patience and endurance,thank you for sharing.

  4. Blue Water

    Funny thing about sailing too much wind and too little… Pray for a solid 15-20 knots everyday. The Calm is the true test of a sailor. Your at least smiling about it. Thanks for bring us alone.

  5. Ben solomon

    Oops….that was supposed to be vicariously through you, not what was posted I didn’t check my dictation before I sent it. My apologies.

  6. Ben solomon

    Great video. Looks like you can catch up on some much-needed rest. Best of luck for some upcoming wind and continuing on your voyage. Thank you for posting these. I am living vicariously screw you for having the courage to do something like this.

  7. Frederick R. Singer

    Dear Mr. Reeves:

    Thank you for the video update and hope you get some wind to continue your voyage. Bobbing around can become boring after a while and with any luck conditions will change and you’ll be underway.

    Sincerely yours,

    Frederick R. Singer

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