I cannot believe that another week has passed. We are making steady progress with great sailing conditions. Energy is low but morale is high and we are very excited to make landfall hopefully sometime this weekend or early next week.
complaint right now is that I just finished my last book! All I have
to read now are boat part manuals and reference books, not exactly the
kind of reading you want when you are trying to stay awake on a night
shift. I brought six novels with me and thought that would be
sufficient for four weeks but it turns out that I should have brought
twice as many. I would try to spend some time at night navigating by
the stars or at least trying to find the constellations I know but we
have had almost 100% cloud cover, day and night, for most of the trip.
Today happens to be sunny but I would put money down on clouds rolling
in sometime around sunset and staying put until well after sunrise
tomorrow. This is great for our efforts to prevent sunburn but it also
makes us a little energy starved when our solar panels don't get a full
We are feeling very comfortable with our provisions. We still
have more than 50% of the diesel, gasoline and water that we brought
with us and although I spend some time every day throwing out rotten
produce there are a few apples, oranges, tomatoes, cabbages and
cucumbers left in addition to all of the potatoes, sweet potatoes, beets
and jicama that wouldn't go bad even if our trip were twice as long!
This week we have been very fortunate because our persistence on the
fishing front has paid off. After coming down the Baja this fall we
really didn't have much luck fishing until just recently. Part of that
is probably timing: we were sailing most of the time in the middle of
the day, and part of it is probably laziness: we were using the same
lures over and over and by the time we removed them they were barely
sharp and definitely rusty. We did catch a tuna early in the trip but
it was mealy and we ended up throwing most of it back. However, in the
last few days our luck has changed. We have caught so many dorado (aka
mahi-mahi or dolphin fish) that we have released a number of them. Adam
even rigged up one of the flying fish that unfortunately landed on our
deck to see if he could catch a monster, but no luck so far. Yesterday I
reeled in one dorado that would probably keep us fed for four days if
we ate fish for every meal! Unfortunately, I don't know if we will be
able to eat it all before it spoils because we have had to turn our
refrigerator off because it was using too much power, but right now the
sun is shining, we are almost there, fresh ceviche is on ice for lunch
and it is past time for my nap!
480 nautical miles to go!
2546 nautical miles covered