Passage to the Marquesas Day 3 - fishing nets, no wind
28 March 2011 | On passage to the Marquesas
Yo and Dan Hellier
We continue with next to no wind, though we know others are catching it round 5 degrees south so we continue in that direction.
Just had a bit of fun getting caught up in a net out here. All good now. it was a fluke that we'd just set sail and turned the engine off as we got tangled up. Didn't notice the net at first but realised we couldn't gain speed. No wonder, reckon it was pretty big. We were able to cut it away. We'd seen 3 vertical markers to our port side, and a final to our starboard. They covered a distance of about 3 miles! The nearest marker was over 1/2 mile away from us. We figured they were marking pots or something as the gaps were enormous and not marked in any way (poachers??). Anyway the top nylon line was just below the surface the bastards.... just deep enough to not be able to avoid it and we must have snagged it on our rudder. For those following the coords are 3 degrees 50S to 3 degrees 59 S. approx long 91 degrees 28 -29 W watch out. Advice if you see vertical stick with black flag, go right below it by at least 5 miles.
Keeping a keen watch in these waters. Yachties have recorded a few very unfriendly encounters in the last 3 years up to 300 miles out from Galapagos. So far we have only had to avoid one fishing vessel, a mother ship towing a number of tenders. Think we're all clear by now.
Still in the rain, but it's starting to clear and we're hoping for the trades to start kicking in.