The one place where windward sailing is neccesary is just north of the equator heading south. There I will meet the south east trades. Also the equatorial current will poush me west. If I cannot make good enough to windward I will miss the Brazilian east corner and be forced up into the North Atlantic.
The weather sight windy.com illustrates what i mean:
To increase my chanches I have added a bilgeboard. To the port side. I made it as big as possiblble. Still I had to sacriface 10 liters af water.
Below are some pictures:
Installing the bilgeboard case.
View from the deck
The bilgeboard case seen inside.
With board in place
The board case trimmed.
There is still some work to be done.
To be continued…