The average barometric pressure on our earth’s oceans is 1013 millibars. In the Bermuda-Azores High we have had between 1020 and 1026 millibars. What that means is you better bring some extra diesel or be prepared to drift aimlessly from time to time. While sailing east toward the Azores we only used 20 gallons of fuel the first 2,200 miles because we were in the westerly trades. Since we went south of the westerlies and started zigzagging through the Gyre we have burned 90 gallons of diesel. That means we have had to motor for 900 of the last 2,200 miles. I motor at 1,200 to 1,400 RPM, it’s not fast but you get the most bang for your buck. Typically when you do get wind its light and out of the east (Or northeast or southeast), although the further west you sail the more often the wind will come out of the south or southwest. There is not much rain except for the little squalls that pass by from time to time. The squalls usually like to visit in the middle of the night, sometimes accompanied by lightning, with too much wind to try to collect some rain water. There is very little shipping traffic in the Gyre. Besides the random trash floating by there is very little of anything. Well, there’s a whole lot of water and sky.