We have now run the engine under power and all seems to be OK. We depart in the morning for the Colombian island of Malpelo, about 300 miles southwest.
The trick is to get across the Humboldt current before turning south. The experts say you need to be west of 80 degrees west to avoid the strongest of the north-setting current. Bahia Caraquez is another 300 miles south from Malpelo, so we should be out of contact for about a week. I just hope there is wind.