Day 2 to the Galapagos
12 May 2008 | Pacific Ocean
We have been motoring most of our second day out now. The ocean is like a lake. The ITCZ, at last check, should lose its influence around 5N (soon now). We had a lot of lightning on the horizon last night but none too close. We have used the radar to steer around some particularly black spots but it is hard to predict how things are going to move in h ITCZ.
The wind has been almost sailable a few times. We were up around 8 and a half knots under sail once but had to fire up the diesel after an hour when our wind and boat speed died. Some hard core folks will wait for the wind but we usually motor when the boat goes below 5 knots.
We caught a nice Tuna today and lost three other fish (probably too big to land). One was some kind of bill fish,it did a nice dance for us before it broke the line. It has been a nice mellow day but we're looking forward to a little more seas in order to get some sailing wind.
Nobu says: "I made Maguro (raw tuna) Bowls today, yum!"
Ed says: "Life aboard Swingin' on a Star is good!"
Hideko says: "We saw dolphins, jumping mahi mahi and we hooked a big Sailfish that got away"
600nm to go...