Counting Buoys & Fish- Passage day 7
12 June 2017 | Passage to Pacific Northwest
This morning we had a significant milestone (in our little 45' world anyway) to share. We completed 1,000 nautical miles (1,150 statute miles) of our voyage - almost exactly one week after our departure from Kauai. For left-brain thinkers, that's about 6 knots of boat speed we've averaged while sailing as fast as we comfortably can 24/7. That means we're about 1,500 nm's from the Straits of Jaun de Fuca. Of course, we'll sail much further than that to get there. We've been sailing on a starboard tack (wind blowing over right side of boat), close-hauled (sailing into the wind as much as possible) the entire time this trip. We expect our life of healing to the left will change tonight in the wee hours however, when a wind shift will force us to become right healers ;-) Overall, the first week has been good. There were times when our ride was rough and noisy, other times when seasickness symptoms kept people quietly wondering if they would ever go to sea again. But that's all part of the journey. The other part of this passage has been the discovery of fishing buoys littering the ocean! In one day, I personally counted 10 of them, tethered to the ocean floor, ~3,000 feet below. Given our sightings over the last 500 miles, I would guess there must be hundreds of these hard plastic buoys measuring about 3' round out here. One night I heard some Asian language speaking on the VHF radio, so that's likely where they're from. I believe the odds of hitting one are astronomically low, but maybe that's because that's what I chose to believe. Life is like that. Besides counting miles, we've been doing some fishing. A few moments ago, we caught our second Mahi Mahi/Dorado in 3 days. This one is a nice ~15 pounder to practice our filleting skills on. Scott seems to have the perfect touch, and is teaching Shawntel how to fillet the skin off. Thanks to Fred & Ken for the use of your fillet knife and pole. Again, one of the cheap lures we purchased at the Lihue K mart was our secret weapon. Yum, fish for dinner again! We've been blessed today with sun, calm seas and moderate wind. Life is good aboard Huzzah!