26 May 2011 | Atlantic Ocean
We had a fantastic ride through the Gulf-stream last night as we approached Cape Hatteras. Dolce surfed much of the evening in 20-25kt breeze from abeam pushing us at an avg speed of 10-11kts w/ a hi of 14.6kts. With the help of the gulf-stream, we had a 225+ nm day!
We then celebrated Gage's b-day early this morning by yelling the much anticipated "FISH ON!" After trolling 500 nm w/ nothing to show, its only fitting that we hit it big today b/c Gage is such a fishing nut!
From the log...written by Charlie at 07:00
"...the fishing reel was heard to spin madly. "Fish On!" brought the entire "Dolce" crew tumbling on deck. Mike reeled in madly and the rest made ready to welcome a scaly guest: sails in, gaff & bucket out, speed reduced. Mike got a complete workout hauling against a 48" Mahi Mahi, which broke surface a number of times on its way to our dinner table."
It was impressive to watch all 6 crew members work together in this 30 minute period to change Dolce from an ocean sailing sloop into a "Hatteras" sport fisher, including someone on the transom w/ a gaff! The whole episode ended once we brought the fish on board and Capt Pop came into the cockpit w/ a bottle of rum. I thought it was to cheer our promotion to "hunters" but soon learned the rum was to be put into the gills of the fish to euthanize it! We filet'd the fish under the watchful eyes/guidence of the "Dr.". Mike prepared a great meal w/ the MAHI MAHI tonite...putting it in the oven w/ lime, red pepper, yellow pepper and a little butter and black pepper for seasoning. Very tasty.
Gage's b-day celebration didn't end there....later this morning we spotted a 3 foot turtle lounging in the surf of the waves, then Charlie caught a "little tunny"/false albacore and then at sunset we were entertained by a 75+/- circus troop of dolphins. We all ejoyed front row seats as they did their acrobatics all around the boat for 15 minutes!
We're currently traveling at 8.5kts, in a 18-20kt Southerly, off of Norfolk, VA w/ 220 NM between us and NYC. We're making great time and barring any unforseen difficulties, anticipate arrival at SCYC on Saturday late afternoon/early evening.
As we enter this "northern corridor" we have seen a significant increase in boat traffic, as i write there are 4 freighters (500+ft) w/in 5 nm of us.
p.s. Listening to channel 16- there has been a "securite" by the Coast Guard the last 36 hrs regarding a missing 32 foot blue sail boat which has been reported late for arrival to Chester Town from Guadaloupe! Asking mariners to be on the look-out for this steel vessel which is piloted by a 40 year old woman.