Serai just managed 174 miles in 24 hours. We are
flying along and eating up the miles. Terrific sailing. It seems that the waves
pick up in the afternoon and throw us about a bit and then settle down again
around 10 pm and are good through the night and morning. We have had the odd
shower, but mostly blue skies.
Sad News: We lost our lucky lure yesterday. A
massive mahi took the lure and then snapped our line, taking our lure with it. I
have spent this morning making a new one. I cut up some dowel and then filed the
end into a bullet shape. We then added a skirt of orange spinnaker material, and
put it out behind the boat on about 80ft of line - we shall see what
We have now covered over a thousand miles and are a
third of the way to the Marquesas. After tomorrow we will have been at sea for
the longest non-stop period of time - over 9 days. We are pretty much through
all our fruit, with a few oranges and grapefruit left. We are still doing well
for vegetables and also have 15 eggs left - all painted carefully in
varnish to preserve them - apparently they are good for 3 months like
This moring we were visited by a pod of about 50
dolphins. They played with the boat for about two and a half hours. Its
amazing how seeing them is so restoratative - they have an ability to make the
world seem a better place, just by being there.
We are looking forward to our half way celebrations
already with presents to open and fine food and perhaps a glass of wine to
celebrate with. It will be a pretty momentous occasion I am sure.
Anyway, take care one and all.
Till the next time
J and Ems xx