09 December 2011
Still motoring and now there truly is no wind, barely a ripple, it is another beautiful day though, the water is now 28.7 degrees (feels like a bath) and the sun is very warm. Phillip took this photo of sunrise this morning.
Motoring for extended periods can be very frustrating. When at sea we all sleep in the aft cabins and my pillow must be no more than a meter above our big diesel engine. The engine bay is sound proofed but when trying to sleep it feels like lying on the bonnet of a tractor!
Last night we caught another Mahi Mahi similar size but didn't realise it was on the line, Phillip noticed it this morning and brought it in to discover it half eaten, basically a head and a spine trailing behind it, quite gruesome he said.
Currently our ETA is 10:30 tomorrow morning but there's ocean currents that come and go so our speed and ETA vary quite a bit, we'll just say around mid-morning. Looking very much to seeing land and Ale who will be waiting for us in Saint Lucia.
Mike: Now that we have only 1 day left I think I will miss the Atlantic. I've always associated the Atlantic with home in Ireland. It has been great to have had the opportunity to spend over 8 months in Europe and to be on the same timezone as the family and friends. Incidentally there is only 1 Irish boat in the rally called Emilija and the family are from Dublin. They are just off our port side at about 6nm now but they are motoring much faster than us (burning lots of diesel). Our next post all going well will be after we arrive, we hope you enjoyed our updates along the way.