Around The World Voyage : Commentary : Leg 4

June 4, 2002

Distance made good last 24 hours- 178 miles
Average speed last 24 hours 7.5
1800 RPM
Fuel burned last 24 hours 95 gallons (incl generator @ 6 GPD)
Fuel remaining 145 by sight gauges
Range at current speed with remaining fuel using data from last 24 hours- 271 nm
Distance remaining to Acapulco 79 nm
Course 292m
ER temp 114 F
Outside air temp 86 F

Like the song says… What a difference a day makes. 24 hours ago, I used this report to complain about the weather, the seas and the current. The ensuing 24 hours have been the most glorious of the trip and the mood aboard has been euphoric. All day on the 3rd, we enjoyed smooth seas, and a bright sunny day with the sunlight sparkling off of the deep blue Mexican water. Sunset seemed to go on forever as the colors changed and evolved and the big cumulus clouds behind us were illuminated.

Mike finally made his special pasta dish that he has been talking about since Barbados and it was delicious. Until now, he had been reluctant to have a big pot of boiling water on the stove even though the stove is gimbaled. Mike has done wonders in the galley and has served up excellent dinners every night regardless of the conditions.

We caught (and released alive) another Marlin today. When Mike expressed disappointment that it was “only” a Marlin and wasn’t the monster Dorado that we wanted, I reminded him that grown men spend thousands in fruitless pursuit of the elusive Marlin and would give almost anything for the experience. Kevin has been the wonderful motivator and inspiration for our fishing. As soon as Kevin gets up each morning “the lines are wet”.

We will arrive at the Acapulco Yacht Club at about noon today (Tuesday) which is pretty close to what I predicted 5 days ago and get right to work in preparing NORDHAVN for the arrival of crew #5 on Wednesday. Crew #5 will consist of PAE partner Joe Meglen as Captain and PAE salesmen Dennis Lawrence and Gary Armellino as crew.

The work list is quite short because there is nothing wrong with the boat. We will thoroughly clean the boat inside and out (probably hire the outside cleaning), do numerous loads of laundry, change oil and filters on the main and generator and change the primary fuel filters. The fuel filters probably could be left as is because there is only a barely perceptible reading on the vacuum gauge, but they have been in since Cape Verde and have filtered about 2,300 gallons of fuel, so we will “retire” them.

This will be my last night watch of the trip and despite my complaining of the last few days, I am going to miss it greatly. We are ending the trip on a high note and I know that in the months and years to come I will cherish the memories of this great adventure.

I will get this sent off so that I can enjoy the last half hour of my watch by watching the incredible (and silent) lightning show off in the distance.

Good night.


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