A Ship Almost Sighted (Day 14)
08 April 2011
John's Blog Updated. Original post with photos: http://travel.reservationkey.com Latitude: 5.40205 Longitude: -126.88912
After days and days of seeing no other traffic whatsoever out here, our AIS system has alerted us to a 140 foot long Japanese fishing boat, Matsuhiro Maru, about 7 miles ahead of us. The AIS system shows the location of commercial ships on our chartplotter. I was hoping to get a nice close up photo for this blog posting, but so far no sign of it. If we do end up seeing it, I will post the photo tomorrow. Regardless, maybe this is an indication that we are getting closer to civilization.
Yesterday we spent most of the day going more west than south, but today we are back headed almost directly south and should be at the equator by Monday. As we continue south the wind strength will continue to weaken until at the equator we will have almost no wind. That actually will be something of a nice break as we have had some fairly good sized seas the last few days. Everything is harder to do and takes more energy when the seas are rough. The sky is mostly clear, so we are keeping our fingers crossed that we won't have many squalls around the equator.
Since leaving Mexico we have sailed over 1500 miles. This is roughly the same distance from San Francisco to Chicago. Only about 1100 miles left to go. Roughly, San Francisco to Cabo San Lucas.