The wind finally faded away altogether around midnight so we started the motor and put on just enough turns to make 4.5 knots.
Around midnight last night the wind finally faded to nothing so we started the motor and put on just enough turns to make 4.5 knots. We had another big red ball of a sunrise and each watch reported sea turtles as well as dolphins. The sea is basically flat and it’s in the high 80’s F. Around noon a Merlin came by and circled, eventually landing on the main crosstrees and took a nap. It traveled with us for a couple hours then shook it off and went flying again only to return and ride along for another little while. It finally took off for good and we’re a least 20 miles off shore.
The forecast is for more of the same, hot and flat. Those not on work party are practicing celestial, getting the most of the last bit of this years almanac. So it goes… Cheers, Jake
Greetings all, it’s Dennis. We also had a pet Brewers Blackbird for an afternoon, we named him Milwaukee of course. Considering that Brewers are suburban birds, this little guy was a long way from home. Everything is proceeding as usual. Its very warm, which means we are all working on our tans. Must be ready for Florida. I must say it is nice when you have to start considering ways of slowing down. I have never been in a situation where I was going too fast. It is a good feeling. C watch, or as we have named ourselves the Caballero watch, cleaned the bilges for our work party today, now they smell good. Love you all, miss you all. Dennis Out.
Today marked the day when it went from being pretty warm to being super-duper hot. For someone from the Northwest, having the sun out and being drenched in sweat while sleeping in the middle of November is a new experience for me. Hopefully I’ll get acclimated to it soon. In the meantime, we had a bunk fan triage event this afternoon–bringing into working order as many bunk fans as we could. We had great success, and hopefully folks will be getting better night’s sleeps. Best wishes to all! -Ben.
The wind died and the heat came. Sunrise brought us a view of the peaks over Manzilla, MX as they popped through the low clouds and haze that covered the horizon. Later in the day, a dead sea turtle, fat and bloated, bobbed by on top of the water and we drifted by. Below decks, the temperatures passed 90 degrees, and at mid-day there was little difference on deck, but as the afternoon wore on, clouds came and gave us a reprieve. Now, at 7 pm it’s gloriously cool and the debate has started about who will spend the night sleeping on deck. Fat and happy as always, Karen the cook.
Gabe says: This morning, after a 2am to 6am watch and breakfast I decided to take a seat up on the monkey deck to watch the rest of the sunrise before catching some sleep. It wasn’t but two minutes later that I heard the familiar splash and breath of a dolphin. As I glanced to where the sound came from, my eyes caught a few surfing our bow under the water, occasionally breaking the surface for a quick breath. Then I noticed several more, crossing from starboard to port under our bow, then back again. It was as if we had an appointment, “Meet up with us at the bow before you turn in for the morning.” I was waiting to hear them speak, sometimes when they are that close you can hear them, even when they are under the water. Finally, one crossed the bow, said something in dolphin speak, and they were all gone. I reckon he either said good bye, or see you tomorrow. A day in the life of a sailor on the Lynx…
With 506 nm to Huatulco that should keep us a little ahead of the game. It’s hot with lots of turtles and dolphins and a Merlin came to rest in the rig for awhile even though we’re 20 miles offshore. Spent the work party repairing bunk fans and scrubbing the bilge in the fo’c’sle and salon.
Noon position (1900 hours UTC):18d 36.1m N, 104d 14.7m W. Day’s run: 91.4 nm. I will call on 2 Dec. with fuel numbers.
Also, the shortwave propagation has been very poor the last two nights and Sailmail has been very slow. If it stops working I’ll call with the daily report. Cheers, Jake