Sunday, March 6, 2016

Via Inmarsat:

1902 nm tn go. I struggled to wake for my midnight watch. Rookie had a mug
of coffee (the exilar of the Gods) for me. I am life jacketed, PLBed. and
harnessed in the cockpit of Reboot standing watch.

The Japanese fishing boat showed up again. He made a close pass across our
bow and is now a glow on the horizon. He would have rights if he was
showing the "fishing" lights (red over white, fishing at night, green over
white, trauling at night) but he is just showing normal "vessel under
power". Technically we have rights. However as was pointed out by
Thucidies in ancient times "a collision at sea can ruin your entire day".

We have apparently finally escaped the weather patterns of the ITCZ.
Another glorious day of blue skies and puffy clouds. I am looking at a
proment southern cross in a sky alight with stars.

I felt a thump. XO just landed on my lap. Nice to have company but the
arrival was a bit of a surprise!

We did a lot of sail changes today. We are more confident as a crew.
Maintaining higher average speeds on a trip this long can reduce the
transit by days. Quite the motivator! We are currently sailing under a
double reefed main and 80% jib. With only one person on watch we always
reef down at night.

Davyd made shrimp quesadeas for dinner to celebrate our crossing the 2000
nm line. Yum!

Fair winds and following seas :)

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