Thursday, March 24, 2011

In The Doldrums On Insignia

No, we don't mean we're "depressed." We're enjoying a fantastic time aboard Insignia. Captain Ressa announced today that we are in that area of the Atlantic known as the doldrums, an area in which wind-powered sailing ships wallowed while waiting for winds to move them.

For us, it means an area of smooth seas but also of sudden storms. We ourselves chatted with him this morning and he predicted that we would have largely smooth seas all the way to Barcelona. While that won't be as exciting as our first transatlantic a few years ago Barcelona to Miami, during which we sailed through a hurricane for 30 bumpy hours, we'll be quite happy to be "in the doldrums" for the entire cruise.

Tonight we've returned from our game of Team Trivia (no, we didn't win tonight but we've gained another "respectable" score) to see lightning and hear thunder. We're crossing the Equator officially at 6:28 p.m. local time, just a few minutes from now.

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