Day 6 – Mahi Mahi!!
32 d 46.5’ N 152 d 01.2’ W
As the sun lazily appeared of the horizon in the east the moon lowered and disappeared in the West. For a while both the Sun and the Moon are visible over the horizon. Sailing was smooth, and the fishing gear was deployed.
The ‘fishing apparatus’ is quite low key: A lure, some line and a bungy at the boat end. Works like a charm though. Within short order we caught two beautiful Mahi Mahi (also known as Dorado). Their skin shimmers golden and green and the colours stand out against the deep blue water. Ian spotted the first fish and Andrea got it out and fileted it skillfully. The second one was caught by Neil and filleted a bit less skillfully by your writer. Timing was not great as we just ate so we put the two fish in the freezer for today’s lunch. Fishing operation seized due to lack of freezer space.
On the topic of food: We still have plenty fresh apples, oranges and grapefruit. We also have romaine salad (best to keep in the open, not refrigerated), cucumbers, tomatoes and celery sticks. The grapes lasted well but the last ones we ate for breakfast yesterday. The premade dinners are a hit with the crew. Keeps work below to a minimum and they are delicious. Can’t beat a hearty home-made meal!
The overall weather forecast does not look too great for us. The Pacific High is unstable and low-pressure system pushes it towards us creating a large area of very light winds reaching from the northwest to the northeast. There is no way route around it short of going east which is not an option as this would result in a very long uphill slog towards Canada.
The high has been volatile for a while and perhaps things improve for us over the next couple days. One can always hope.
After a few days of sailing in paradise we decided to heat it up a bit and sail closer to the wind. This might give us a better route through the high. The other option is keep more northerly, add about a day of sailing and possibly wait for the wind to fill in after the low passed through:
Waiting for our 'window or opportunity' to go east.
In the meantime, still fantastic sailing but it requires a bit more work and our friends soggy pants have made their ugly appearance again last night. Partially due to the occasional spray over the deck as well as our other friend:” Squally night”. Once we "played enough" with the hot wind angles, we take the wind on the beam again for option two above and more leisurely sail.