What is Isle Trindade and Martim Vaz?

Isle Trindade and Martim Vaz is an archipelago located about 1,200 kilometres east of Vitória in the Southern Atlantic Ocean, belonging to the State of Espírito Santo, Southeast Brazil. The archipelago consists of five islands and several rocks and stacks; Trindade is the largest island, with an area of 10.1 square kilometres; about 49 kilometres east of it are the tiny Martim Vaz islets, with a total area of 0.3 square kilometres. The islands are of volcanic origin and have rugged terrain. They are largely barren, except for the southern part of Trindade. They were discovered in 1502 by Portuguese explorer Estêvão da Gama and stayed Portuguese until they became part of Brazil at its independence. From 1895 to 1896, Trindade was occupied by the United Kingdom until an agreement with Brazil was reached. (Source Wikipedia)

Day 590 – 3rd January 1988

Noon Summary Log

Day: 590
Date: 3rd January 1988
Latitude: 2° 11.6′ S
Longitude: 29° 47′ W
Water Temperature: 27.6°C
Wind @ Noon: 15 SE
Max Wind /24 hours: 15 SE
Min Wind /24 hours: 10 SE
Cloud Cover 4/8
Cabin Temperature: 30°C
Outside Temperature: 29.5°C
Barometer: 1010

Source: CUL00045/16

Log

  • Second bird has landed on the back rail. Two on the rail hitching a free ride – lazy things!
  • The effect of the Guinea Current in this region is strong. I have bene making allowance in my plotting, yet I am still further west than I thought. Gosh the Guinea Current is not only pushing me west, it is zooming me south.

Source: CUL00058/1

Day 589 – 2nd January 1988

Noon Summary Log

Day: 589
Date: 2nd January 1988
Latitude: 0° 15.9′ N
Longitude: 29° 10.6′ W
Water Temperature: 27.4°C
Wind @ Noon: 12 E
Max Wind /24 hours: 6 S
Min Wind /24 hours: 15 E
Cloud Cover 1/8
Cabin Temperature: 30°C
Outside Temperature: 29.1°C
Barometer: 1010
Whales Seen: 0 D

Source: CUL00045/16

Log

  • Steady SE trade wind, steady progress. Now in the Guinea Current – yacht set to the west.
  • Beginning this morning, I have just completed painting two spare wind vanes white, the raft recess cover white, bits of the stern cabin & forward cabin with white, – finished that time of paint.
  • Not had supper yet, stove broke down & I just got it going again – I hope.
  • Quiet mild, yacht sailing smoothly. Dolphins with the yacht. There is a fish with yellow tail swimming with the yacht, – wish it will hop onto my line – yum.
  • Once more south of the Equator. (I spent 5 days this last time north). Nice setting sun to starboard & big full moon rising to port. Nice brown sea bird perched on the stern rail of the yacht.

Source: CUL00058/1