Originally Posted by magwas
What is the extent of lack of wind in the doldrums? You told about length of time, but what about wind speed?
I find hard to imagine that the wind is not even enough to slightly move the sails.
The only video I could find about it in youtube has shown a racing yach going pretty fast. Though they told that they only will reach the doldrums.
Sometimes, none at all. Here's a link to a bunch of our photos, the first ones are of dolphins that came to visit as we sat totally becalmed in the S. China Sea. that album has a link to my log of that passage from Kota Kinabalu to Singapore. Dolphins, Doldrums, and more
As you can see, the sea is practically flat, flat calm. At times it was even calmer, and the current pushed us backward. Weather was good, though, and that was a good thing.
When we finally reached Singapore the wind started to pick up. We were sailing at about 5 knots, and our apparent wind was Zero. Our beloved Watermelon really sailed perfectly that day. We HAD to get past the shipping lanes and inside the island, under sail alone, and we were very, very vigilant.