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Thursday, April 08, 2010

Anyone for a swim?

With light winds and slightly warmer weather we have been doing small boat things and getting ready for the next wind that's we expect on Saturday. We are back in the cloudy day routine of towing our water electricity generator. Though with little wind and no sun our batteries are getting a bit low. The water temps are starting to rise and we're no longer wearing sweaters during the day. In fact, just yesterday we were discussing how much warmer the water is and how blue it has become again. Ironic that we would discuss that hours before dark on the very night that we snagged a fishing net on our prop. The timing was quite unfortunate. It is barely warm enough for us to consider a swim at the warmest part of the day. As the fishing net found us just after dark the day had cooled and the idea of a swim was less than appealing. We aren't very excited about swimming around the boat in 11,000 feet of water in the middle of the day. It just doesn't appeal to us to be that low on the food chain in "their" environment. We know people jump in and enjoy the water when it's very hot out but we have NEVER been tempted mid ocean to try, even when we hadn't showered for weeks, our water supply was low and it was 100 degrees F in the cockpit. So, there we were "just after dark" dragging a net which in the 5 knots of wind was really a sea anchor. And it was a very dark night. We're not sure what comes up from the bottom at night but we do know that the words "giant" and "squid" are intimidating when put together. What to do? We quickly decided we were not going to swim. As the night progressed the wind died to nothing and we would really have liked to use a bit of motor to recharge the batteries and keep steerage way with the boat. We slopped around all night towing our net but catching nothing! Finally in the light of the morning we were able to tie a rope to the net and pull it forward toward the bow to get it off. Swim averted! As of this morning we have sailed 950 miles since hauling our anchor, a fine number for the first week of our trip.

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At 2:28 PM, Blogger Windarra said...

950 miles?


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