06 May 2013 | 9 05.'N:127 57.1'E, Pacific Ocean in 17, 585 ft of water
Here we are! Headed out to sea yesterday afternoon in the most incredible blue violet water. As if on cue when we hit the continental shelf, a group of shearwaters glided over the waves around the boat. A good omen! For those who don't know, Shearwater is named for these pelagic seabirds in honor of my late father who loved to watch them fly when we fished out of the sight of land. They spend the majority of their lives offshore, fly gracefully as they fish, and often indicate that there are game fish in the area. (the most significant fact for my dad) For us, they fullfilled all these characteristics except the fish indicator function. Still dry but am patient for the long haul. This part of the ocean is a desert, by the way, and fish are far and few between. Time is on our side, however.
The conditions are good out here. Seas are "confused" which means that waves are coming from different directions and while none of them are large, the combined effect is an irregular bumpy ride akin to an old pickup on a really bad logging road. Another oft used description is lumpy. Have passed a series of small shower systems which show up on the horizon and then on radar and as we pass through them they bring high winds and torrential rain for a short period and are responsible for the multiple wave trains we are encountering. Nice to rinse the salt off of the boat and a bit exciting to watch them come and go. The boat feels great. Very secure and seemingly happy to be making this open water passage if I can anthropomorphize a bit.
Only 395 miles to Palau and less than that to the Mariana trench.