On final approach to Barbados....
John and Susie Blair.
Wed 12 Dec 2012 06:46
The last time my landfall was memorable....It was my Birthday! This time it's the twelfth of the twelfth 2012!
I think that'll be easy to remember too!
Another sweltering day yesterday, I dangled my legs in the sea as we sailed along, the water is so very warm now I can't wait to dive in once we've arrived.
Yesterday I got the Sextant out and we all took turns 'shooting' sights of the sun to find 'local noon' and from that calculate our latitude. Quite a simple procedure, Martin did the maths and plotted us within 5 miles, not bad going at all though we'll see if we can improve on that later today.
We saw a Gannet yesterday and as I write there's a mosquito buzzing around the computer screen, land is near!
After a period of no fishing I decided to re-deploy the lure and within an hour we'd landed a beautiful Skipjack Tuna! I filleted it and Ross cooked up a really lovely 'Tuna bake' with garlic, onions, tomato, pasta etc. As we close the Island I'll make sure the line's out again, maybe we'll pick up a Barracuda or Snapper...or even better, my favourite, Wahoo!
Well there's not much else to report here, I'm gonna wake Ross now for his very last night watch of this trip! he's told me that after a few day's exploring Barbados he'd be happy to continue west...Aruba, Bonaire, San Blas.... and Panama, the gateway to the Pacific, I think he's got the ocean sailing bug! well who knows one day perhaps but for now we've all our sail set to expedite our landfall later this afternoon, 'Eagle eye' Susie will be scanning the horizon by then I'm sure!
80 miles to go....TTFN JB.