Around The World Voyage : Commentary : Leg 4

May 30, 2002

Distance made good last 24 hours- 166 miles
Average speed last 24 hours 6.9
1850 RPM
Fuel burned last 24 hours 99 gallons (including generator)
Fuel remaining 645 by Flow Scan
Range at current speed with remaining fuel using data from last 24 hours- 1,081 nm Distance remaining to Acapulco 897 nm (won't reconcile with yesterday)
Course 297m
ER temp 111 F

Those who know me well know the story of the finest fish dinner that I have ever eaten. It was in 1983 during the delivery of a Mason 63 from Clearlake Texas to the new buyer in City Island, New York. On board for that trip were Jim Leishman, Joe Meglen, Dave Harlow, Mike Clark, Gil Roys and myself. While approaching the Dry Tortugas, we hooked and landed a gorgeous 35 lb wahoo. Gil was doing most of the cooking and later he cooked said wahoo while we were anchored in the beautiful bay near the old fort and served it on the big cockpit table of that lovely sailboat. The slabs of filet had been essentially pan fried in a sauce of butter, garlic and onion, but because the slabs of meat were so thick, Gil improvised by putting a lid on the frying pan and creating a Dutch oven effect. The atmosphere, the fish… well as you can see, I have never forgotten it.

However, I am announcing tonight Gil, old friend, that your 19-year reign has come to an end. Mike Gregovich of the good ship NORDHAVN has put you in second place. Mike’s magnificent dinner of dorado now ranks as #1. Upon finishing the second of two huge slabs of the exquisite fish, I was gorged and had to sit at the table a full 20 minutes before getting up to do the evening dishes.


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