Neverland Journey

12 December 2019 | 14 04.85'N:60 57.8'W, Rodney Bay, St Lucia
05 December 2019 | 14 10.9'N:56 24.4'W, 250 miles to go
29 November 2019 | 14 25.2'N:42 59.6'W, middle of ocean
28 November 2019 | 14 29.4'N:40.14.3 06.01'W, middle of ocean
25 November 2019 | 15 35.65'N:33 06.01'W, middle of ocean
21 November 2019 | 16 53.4'N:24 595'W, Mindelo, Cape Verde
21 November 2019 | 16 54.5'N:25 00.4'W, Mindelo, Cape Verde
15 November 2019 | 19 26.3'N:23 04.3'W, Somewhere between Grand Canary and Cape Verde
14 November 2019 | 21 22.7'N:22 10.6'W, Somewhere between Grand Canary and Cape Verde
13 November 2019 | 23 16.8'N:20 00.5'W, Somewhere between Grand Canary and Cape Verde
11 November 2019 | 26 16.7'N:16 13.8'W, South of Grand Canary
10 November 2019 | 28 07.6'N:15 25.5'W, Las Palmas, Grand Canary
30 October 2019 | 28 51.1'N:13 47.7'W, Point Papagayo, Lanzarote Canary
27 October 2019 | 28 57.7'N:13 32.4'W, Arrecife, Lanzarote Canary
26 October 2019 | Morocco
10 October 2019 | 30 25.30'N:9 37.06'W, Agadir Morocco
09 October 2019 | 32 25.9'N:9 38.9'W, Off the Moroccan Coast
08 October 2019 | 34 10.8'N:8 50.1'W, Off the Moroccan
07 October 2019 | 35 18.71'N:7 12.18'W, Atlantic Ocean
05 October 2019 | 36 09.72'N:5 21.62'W, Gibraltar

Creatures from the Deep �- Cape Verde to St Lucia (part 2)

28 November 2019 | 14 29.4'N:40.14.3 06.01'W, middle of ocean
Mike
It�'s always interesting to see the life around you in the water and in the air. Out here in the middle of the ocean we don�'t see many more birds but there are still the flying fish that constantly fly to get out of our way. We sometimes wake to find several of them on the deck. Monday we sailed near a pod of whales. We see a lot of dolphin (mammals) and didn�'t know there were so many varieties.
One of the favorite things to do as a cruising sailor is to fish. It�'s always exciting to hear the zing as the reel runs out when a fish strikes the lure. Sailboats travel at the perfect trolling speed of 5 to 8 knots. We have been averaging 5 to 7 knots on this trip. They say if you don�'t catch a fish on this crossing it�'s because you didn�'t put a lure in the water. Near the beginning of this leg I had a hit that was taking out my line real fast. I had set the line in the water for about 5 minutes when I heard the characteristic zing. I could tell it was a strong fish that had taken the bait. In my excitement it tried to stop it by tightening the drag too soon. The fish broke the line taking the lure, exciter birds and about 25% of my line. The problem with fishing from a sailboat is you can�'t stop the forward motion very easily and definitely can�'t back up to reel in the fish. Yesterday we were sailing along when the zing started again but the fish threw the hook. I have ca
ught the requisite Mahi Mahi (dolphin fish). It was small but the perfect size for the 2 of us.
Last night we were finishing up dinner when I mentioned that I had forgotten to bring in the line. We get pretty busy during the evening with taking evening star sights, dinner and the radio chat. About 5 minutes after I mentioned the line still in the water (about 3 miles deep) I heard the zing. We totally didn�'t expect anything 2 hours after sunset but there was a fish on the line. When I reeled it in, without much fight, I was surprised to see the fish in the photo. It sort of looked like an eel but I wouldn�'t expect to find one on the surface of 3 mile deep water. I have never seen anything like it before and it was kind of scary looking in the dark. It had about a 3 foot long slender body with a huge mouth full of teeth. The front teeth were at least half inch long and looked very sharp. We snapped a few photos, gave it a shot of gin and threw it back. If anyone recognizes this fish leave a comment on the blog.
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Vessel Name: Neverland
Vessel Make/Model: Allied Princess 36
Hailing Port: Onancock VA USA
Crew: Mike Gould-Captain
About: Mike has been sailing since 1986. He has made trips from Virginia to Maine and back. Several trips in the Mediterranean. He has sailed other vessels in the open sea.
Extra: Monica has sailed alongside Mike during all these years. She has loved sailing and enjoyed every minute out on the open seas with Mike. She looks forward to more adventures as a sailing couple-especially the eventual Atlantic crossing.
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