Anxious to meet Neptune

Miss Molly 4
Bob & Peggy Wilkerson/Geoff & Merel Pettifer
Thu 12 Jun 2008 13:00
00:23.27N 87:47.42W
Sailing is so much more fun than motoring! In the last 24 hours we broke the 200-mile barrier, we've have sailed 206 miles! It has not exactly been downwind sailing, but close hauled. The sea sprays are frequent and Miss Molly is covered in a big layer of salt. She must be looking forward to meeting up again with her old godly friend on the Equator, Neptune, since she keeps on galloping between 8 and 10 knots.That reunion should happen later today.
Last night we were not alone out there. Several times during the night we could see 4 or 5 lights at once from fishermen. We have heard stories that they might come to your boat for water or cigarettes, so we kept a close watch on them. But luckily they kept doing what they were supposed to be doing. After all, it is always intimidating when a boat is approaching you in the middle of nowhere and you are not certain of their intentions. This morning there was no sign of them, so we guess they were well stocked up with water and cigarettes.
Geoff had to do the "gardening" again this morning; each morning we find the deck littered with squid and flying fish. When Geoff does his walk on the side decks to throw them back into the sea it looks like he is weeding.
Tonight will hopefully be our last night at sea, we are looking forward to tomorrow night - the first uninterrupted, full night sleep after the 3 hour watches!
We'll keep you posted!
Geoff & Merel