The Wylde Swan has just departed from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean. How does that actually work, an ocean crossing?
To cross the ocean only by sail, the Wylde Swan needs the trade winds. Due to, among other things, the rotation of the earth there are northeastern trade winds between 10 and 20 degrees above the equator. If you sail too close to the equator, you will reach the windless doldrums.