Thursday, 2 days out of Horta

We are settling back into our routines.  We are about 48 hours out of Horta and still have a nice breeze, though it is expected to diminish.  Beautiful clear skies and clear horizons. Yesterday Jackie made oatmeal raisin and oatmeal chocolate cookies.  Today we had banana pancakes for breakfast and Mary’s chili for dinner, along with homemade corn bread by Jackie.  We saw a small sea turtle, lazily swimming on the surface.

This story for my other kids, who know how I am about crumbs on the boat.  Jackie’s first corn bread was not to her satisfaction.  We were nibbling on it in the cockpit before she discarded the rest, when she suddenly flung it backwards, over her head, upwind and to the high side.  Already doomed, it then bounced off the highly tensioned running backstay and was shot back, in hundreds, nay thousands of pieces all over the cockpit cushions.  It was so bad we laughed until we cried.

We had fun with the spinnaker yesterday.  Perfect conditions. Dana, our resident sail trimmer, diligently flew the chute every second it was up.  He had the exact same grin he exhibited in 35 knots of following wind, surfing down waves. Bill breathed a sigh of relief when we doused it without drama.   It is a big spinnaker and can be a handful if the breeze picks up.

Dana found an old wooden lure on the boat and was convinced this was exactly what we needed.  Not 10 minutes after putting it out, he caught our first fish, the elusive Blue Marlin.  Apparently catching a Blue Marlin is a fisherman’s dream.  These sportfish grow to as big as 1800 lbs and can take hours to land.  Ours was slightly smaller, but Dana reeled the whole thing in by hand. We call him Santiago now. For the record, Blue Marlin are not endangered and we released ours.

Last night we had rolling and uneven seas, so that the boat pitched side to side in an irregular fashion.  It is easy to sleep if you are consistently heeling in one direction, you just wedge into a corner.  But here, you wedge one way, and then suddenly you are flopped on your face by a contrary list.  The best solution is to curl up in fetal position and wedge yourself against either angle of heel.  Not relaxing, but pretty effective. At least, until some object in some cabinet becomes dislodged by the selfsame forces and begins to go clonk-clonk, also in an uneven fashion.  You then awake to go observe the cabinet for the offending bowl or dish or nautical object, only to have it go strangely silent.  It is like hunting a night-time cricket. It took me 10 minutes to find and silence a tube of chapstick, mini-clonking side-to-side on my shelf.  Steadier seas tonight, so we all hope to sleep better.

About 725 nautical miles to Gibraltar.  Good night all.

The elusive Blue Marlin, jr.  We released him!
The elusive Blue Marlin, jr. We released him!
Reeling in fist fish!
Reeling in fist fish!
Cam and Liz
Cam and Liz
Spinnaker trim
Spinnaker trim
Spinnaker!
Spinnaker!
Dana flying the chute
Dana flying the chute
Tuesday, June 23, we bid farewell to the Azores, Pico off our stern
Tuesday, June 23, we bid farewell to the Azores, Pico off our stern
Pico
Pico
Goodbye Horta!  We will miss you!
Goodbye Horta! We will miss you!

 

 

 

11 thoughts on “Thursday, 2 days out of Horta

  1. Wonderful to hear from u all! Can’t believe about the Marlin! Many fisherman will be quite envious ! Enjoy a smooth night

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  2. omg! … just love all of this! … can So relate to the crumbs story! 😉
    … comforting knowing I’m not the only one who has ‘thoughts’ about ’em … regardless of locale 😉
    Dana, henceforth aka, Santiago, sooo happy for your magnificent catch! … beautiful to see! Congrats!!! 🙂
    May this be a good omen for Moondance, that the rest of your travels will be all that you wish for!!! Much love to you all!!! Xo

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  3. This spectacular adventure continues with everyone having a wonderful time! Congratulations Dana — What a catch! Took a while but you certainly did it right — Fisherman image preserved! Michael, thank you for another informative report keeping all of us relaxed and appreciating the Moondance experience. Xo

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  4. Two kinds of cookies in one day! I know you will all miss Jackie’s cooking! ❤️
    The turtle makes me think of the ones in Finding Nemo with its lay back attitude.😊
    Love that you got the spinnaker out and back safely. Love to all.
    Prayers for all.

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  5. Jackie, I think cornbread is the most difficult bread to make, don’t feel badly about one failed effort, I’ve had many. A wooden hook? Never heard of it, but I’m so glad Cam caught that Marlin! The sunset pictures are really beautiful 😍
    Love to all , Carolyn

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  6. Gsld to read that you are all back to your sailing routine! The sunset looked so beautiful, you must see a magnificent sunset almost every night! The cookies sounded delicious!! As did the cornbread!! Thanks for posting more photos. Congratulations on the Blue Marlin, that is a great first catch! Glad that you threw him back 😀
    Continued safe travels!!!

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  7. Hi all great to hear about the Marlin he seems like he was hard to catch! Santiago will have a great life knowing he was well taken care of by you. Jackie I bet your cornbread is amazing! Hi Uncle Scott! Wishing the crew a safe return

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  8. How exciting to catch a Blue Marlin! Congratulations Dana! I can imagine the look on everyone’s face when cornbread is suddenly everywhere….too funny! It sounds like between all of you, there are no dull moments on your trip!
    Continued safe journey!
    April

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