Flying fish and Phosphorescence!
John and Susie Blair.
Mon 10 Dec 2012 17:21
Once the sun starts rising you can count the flying fish that have stranded themselves on our deck overnight. On another trip I found one waiting on my bed as it had 'flown' through the open hatch above! For anyone wondering, yes you can eat them and we did on our last crossing, they're the national dish of Barbados and taste very good though a little boney.
We caught two more Mahi Mahi, this time much bigger, especially the second though frustratingly we lost both again due to trying to land them without harming them (ie no gaff), hey-ho try again! (we're hoping for something different, Tuna perhaps?)
Last night and yesterday we had a four metre swell with accompanying winds gusting near gale force at times. As per Herbs forecast the squally conditions gave us a rolly-poly ride and driving rain from astern which meant we had to keep the companionway doors and hatch closed so making things hot and humid below deck. Fortunately these conditions though numerous were short lived but one spends the night opening and closing port holes and hatches all the same.
When on deck last night and between showers, the stars were incredibly bright, the Milky Way stretched over us from horizon to horizon. Little sea creatures phosphoresce as our bow ploughs through the frothing sea and they pass by the cockpit like fairy lights. Also the moon, now just a mere slice of a crescent, at this latitude rises in a horizontal plane, Susie says it looks like a little silver boat!
This morning the sun is shining and winds have moderated slightly, Cumulus clouds are bubbling up on the horizon ahead indicating our passage through last nights weather front is complete. It's my watch and I see that Ross has plotted an updated ETA for our Bajun landfall as late afternoon, early evening (Local time) Wednesday based on our current speed which we should have no problem maintaining as there's little change in the forecast for the next few days. Naturally we've been wondering whether we'll arrive at some ungodly hour or, more hopefully, in time for a celebratory toast at the Cruisers Yacht Club.... fingers crossed!
Dinner last pm.....Ross, Satay noodles with onions and garlic, Martin & Louise had Veggie sausages with mash n' beans and Susie and myself had Chicken pie with mash, tinned carrots/peas and gravy...Yum!
300 miles to go!