Hoping for a decent breeze I set off at 6 this morning into a flat sea, but to my delight the wind quickly picked up. Now any wind is better than no wind, but today brought a head wind, forcing me to tack my way north and making me feel like I'd doubly earned every mile gained towards Singapore.
As I slowly closed on the equator, I felt a little like an actor in a story from Greek mythology. The gods seemed to be guarding the gateway to the northern hemisphere, throwing in an adverse current in addition to the head-winds. They also played physiological tricks with me by changing the weather. From having very localised but intense storms, today was more like a stormy day off Southend, with grey overcast skies, driving rain and agitated seas - enough to drive anyone to despair.
Just as I'd crossed the line, they put a unmarked reef in my way requiring some swift cockpit activity to avoid as I tacked back into the southern hemisphere. So I crossed the equator just after midday the first time, then returned to the southern hemisphere 5 minutes later and finally recrossed at 12.20.
Now I've crossed the equator it's downhill from here...
Some northern/southern hemisphere trivia:
- 67% of the world's landmass is the northern hemisphere
- 88% of the world's population lives in the northern hemisphere
- southern hemisphere comprises 19% land; 81% sea
- northern hemisphere comprises 39% land; 61% sea
- air masses from the northern and southern hemispheres don't significantly mix; northern hemisphere air pollution doesn't reach the southern hemisphere.
23/10 off Kentar island: N00° 03.12' E104° 45.59'E