Transatlantic: Becalmed in the Middle of the Atlantic

Imagine being out in the ocean without a diesel motor. Imagine that you don’t know when the wind will come back. Imagine that you are in the middle of the ocean. What would you do?


Wind will always come back, in the meantime, you can just relax and eat a good boat cooked meal!


We were becalmed for a few days and drifted along with the currents in what looks to be the rough shape of Texas! We did drift backwards some, but then regained some of those miles when we drifted eastward again.


In that time, we celebrated my birthday, watched marine life float by, and enjoyed not worrying about anything!


You always picture the ocean as being full of waves, but the truth is, it is very peaceful out there; you just have to get the weather right!

Being becalmed with an electric motor might sound like a death sentence, but it isn’t that bad. The winds will return and we will once again continue sailing. In the meantime, we are forced to relax and rest because movement and weather are out of our control. We are at the mercy of the elements and when they say, we can then do. Until then, we just have to wait for the signal to go.