Atlantic update from Apsara
We are on the downhill slope!
I think many of us will start to feel
disappointment at the trip ending soon. We have 800+ miles to go and cover
about 200 miles a day. Looks like we will arrive Monday. Yesterday pm we
lost all wind and began motoring instead of just drifting. Too bad, but at
least we have plenty of fuel to make it possible. Continued motoring
throughout the night and this morning are hoping for winds to arrive soon.
Watches become lazy times when motoring. Nancy and I let Pete sleep through
his entire watch time since the seas were very calm and Nancy could actually
just sit and steer with her toes!
Great excitement last evening when at last we caught a fish! It is a
dorado, exactly the fish my brother Don has
been hoping we could get. It was quite large as we have two 5 lb filets
from it. Carmen will prepare it today and we will have a feast. We were
all happy for Pete who finally broke through the fishing curse, but Henrick
was quick to point out it, afterall, was only one fish in 2000 miles! It had
a flying fish in it's stomach! Don, thanks for the advise. It arrived just
after the catch!
We had a fabulous sunrise this am complete with the seas relecting the peach
colored skies and a beautiful full spectrum rainbow arching from one huge
cumulous cloud to another although no rain appeared to be involved. Nancy
and I had to call Carmen up from her pastry baking more than once to see
how it kept getting more and more spectacular. We took some pictures so
perhaps will be able to share the views.
We have had a beautiful white bird, not a frigate though, circling the boat
for a lomg time this morning. He acts like he is going to land, and then
misses the mark and circles again. Simple entertainment for all. Our
clocks remain on GMT but we have now shifted our meal schedule to fit the
daylight hours better...we slipped them by two hours yesterday. According
to our clocks the sunrise is a bit after 9. Eveyone has their nose in a
book, and I am anxious to do the same. Thanks for all of the news you send.
The fresh fruit is diminishing and junk food snacks are prevalent on the
By the way, I am craving a diet coke!