Around The World Voyage : Commentary

January 3, 2002 (local)

Hi Everyone,

Another day and more miles under our keel. The boat is running great and the new oil hose seems to be working well. In the past we have written about all the great meals that we've had aboard. What I haven't mentioned is the first two or three days. We call this our survivor meal days. Due to the fact that we haven't gained our sea legs. On those days we all fend for ourselves, only because one does not want to spend a lot of time in the galley with their head down. The items we eat are Chinese noodles (just add hot water), chips (some time with a dip), candy and crackers. The goal is to keep it simple and a little bland. The noodles and chips seem to work the best. I think the salt in these helps out also. Tomorrow will be our third day and we'll be back to our big breakfast and dinners.

We had a school of dolphins (small) with us yesterday. I stayed on the bow for quite awhile - more so than ever in the past - just to watch them. After a while, you begin to see a pattern in their play. I'll try to explain it. As a full displacement boat pushes through the water, it creates an underwater bow wave. So this is what they do. Off of our starboard bow, ocean waves form and the dolphins catch that wave and surf towards the bow of our boat. When they get there they surf our bow wave and then catch another ocean wave. At the end of this they either come back through the wave and are air born or three or four would jump out of the water in unison. They would only do this if they caught an extremely good wave. I can almost picture them giving each other a high-five.

After about an hour, this group of 6 or 7 grew tired of playing and peeled off to go on their way. When it was time for the last one to leave, he shot forward of then came back and as he passed the boat he leaped out of the water about 5 feet, looked at me and I would like to think he was saying good-bye and thanks for the surf. If any of you have the chance to see a school of dolphins off your bow, stay and watched and you will see an order to their play and you will also be able to pick out one or two that will be doing something totally different from the rest. Take the time and I think you'll be in for a great surprise.

It's a beautiful day out here this morning, As I'm writing this we are passing Namonuito Atoll. The atoll is triangular in shape with a very large lagoon and great distances between each island. The largest island is Ulul on the western side of the atoll. At the end of the runway there is a Japanese WWII fighter less the engines but pretty complete. If you are lucky enough to arrive on a special occasion you can expect to see young women performing custom dances and village men performing stick dancing, wearing beaded necklaces and colorful ceremonial dress. There are no accommodations on Namonuito, so if one were to visit, it would have to be by boat. If I were in my own boat, I'd make a right turn and head on in. A lot of the descriptions of the islands that I give you are out of the "Lonely Planet" titled Micronesia. Highly recommended reading - both for the armchair cruiser and the people who may make it out here some day in their own trawler.

Last night Tom spotted a big ship on his watch. You don't see many ships out here. This morning Dave spotted a big school of fish feeding on smaller ones.

That's about it for now, so we will leave you with the following information.

The date is 01/03/2002, the day is Thursday (were a day ahead of you) and the time is 8:34am and 1034uct. Our position is N 08*32.410' / E 149*27.000. Our compass course is 287 degrees M. Our speed is 7.6 at 1700rpm. Distance to our next landfall (Yap Island) is 703nm distant. The temp is 86.4F. The wind is off our port aft quarter at 14knts. The seas are 2-3ft. The barometer is at 1009.5mb and holding steady. Sunny with puffy clouds.


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