Dolphins at Dusk

Miss Molly 4
Bob & Peggy Wilkerson/Geoff & Merel Pettifer
Tue 8 Jul 2008 23:11
05:42.57S 123:46.43W

If the dorado's don't bite every day, we just have to catch a bigger one
every other day! That is basically what happened this morning. Geoff managed
to land a 4 ft dorado, of which, since our last red Thai fish curry dinner,
now only 3.75 ft is left.

It was also the day on which we passed the 2,000 mile point. But this time,
contrary to passing our first 1,000 miles, we were too tired to throw a
party - we would rather sleep an extra hour in the afternoon. Nobody shows
up for these parties anyway, so we'll wait with celebrating now until after
we've made landfall. But that is still 988 miles away at the moment.

We were wrong though about nobody showing up. Just after the sun had set
while there was still some light left, a school of at least a hundred
small dolphins showed up, jumping towards Miss Molly and making silly leaps.
What an elevating experience those special creatures always are!
Unfortunately we could not see them for long as it was getting dark.

Miss Molly keeps grinding through the seas at great speeds. We have not
sailed under 9 knots since daybreak today. The moon has waxed a bit more -
it should be half moon soon. Nice to be able to see where the sea ends
and the sky begins. The stars are still in their familiar patterns in the
sky. The Southern Cross and Scorpio on our Port side, slowly creeping
further forward during the night and - very low in the sky now -
Ursus Major or Big Dipper on our Starboard side. No need for a compass when
the sky is clear!

Cheers from
Geoff & Merel