100 miles to fiji
100 miles to
It is now 9am Friday. We had a great sail yesterday in glorious weather. As you have read, we caught a wahoo fish and Thom expertly cooked it after filleting it on a very angled rolling deck. We now have fish for a week.
We had some excitement at 1am when Dick saw a bright light just 3 miles in front of us. We identified it as a cruise ship. It had huge white lights and this made it difficult to pick up red and green running lights to help establish its direction. Initially we had some confusion as to which way it was going and at first headed into its path,(we had marked it on the radar as 3 miles away) and instantly saw the bearing was not changing so we were on a collision course. We then saw the red and green lights and then tacked away from our course and quickly saw the bearing change, so we were out of its way, and it quickly disappeared over the horizon.
Now that we were into our second night at sea, we have
settled into the nice easy going rhythm of non stop sailing; the boat is very
quiet as one or two people are always generally sleeping or in their bunks
anyway. It is very peaceful and relaxing; the familiar sounds of water
and wind rushing by; are the dominant senses felt, in addition of course to the
rolling of Babelfish. It is pronounced as we are sailing on a very broad
reach with the wind coming from the back corner, or more properly quarter of
the boat. The more normal trade winds seem to have returned; 20 knots
from southeast so hopefully the ride in to
Last night was exquisite; full moon lighting the sky, stars
visible in partly clear heavens; easy roll of Babelfish as we slid effortlessly
down wave after wave, each of which made its familiar whooshing whispering sound
as it released us to the next crest of sea. These types of nights are what
it is about; this is why we put up with the crap of the 40 knot squalls.
We are now through the worst of the path of uncharted reefs near
For those of you who are wondering who Dick is, as he did
not send in his bio, he is newly retired, having just sold his software firm,
Avanti Computer. He is a fellow member of Island Yacht Club in
Both Dick, who sails his boat in Toronto, and Ken, are new to this type of offshore sailing and both have been speedy learners and of good cheer, and seem to be enjoying and appreciating their time out here on Babelfish.
Have to go to save power,