Marquesas – Day 13 – Big Bird


22 April 2010 | Pacific Ocean

With the sails set and the wind consistent, the few small tasks that the boat demands everyday can be done pretty quickly. Cooking and cleaning is necessary on a daily basis, but that still leaves us with a lot of time for other things. In planning for this trip, I knew it’d be important to bring enough reading material to hold me over. I had a lot of equipment to bring down and since airlines charge by weight, I knew that I couldn’t bring down an entire library. I was considering buying the Kindle, but worried that it’d get ruined and I’d be left with nothing. My theory was to bring down something long, but interesting that’d take awhile time to read. I didn’t think I’d have enough space to carry a whole bunch of books that we couldn’t set down once we started reading. Alex was kind of on the same wavelength, after talking to him and shopping around, I ended up with a few books that I knew would take some time to read. We wanted books that weren’t necessarily going to be page turners because we didn’t want to run through them. The following books seemed to fit the criteria: War and Peace, The Fall and Decline of the Roman Empire, and 1984. They aren’t exactly the first books you want to reach for, but they seem to have done the job. Alex just finished War and Peace he’s been working on it since we left panama. I’ve made it through 1984 and The Fall and Decline of the Roman Empire. At times, they were more of a sleeping aid…regardless of the time of day, I could guarantee I’d be asleep less than 15 pages after picking them up. The rest of the books we have on board are either how to books (Marine Diesel Engine, Sail Trim, Saltwater Fishing, World Cruising Routes, etc.) or travel guides (Panama, Ecuador, French Polynesia). There are a few other pleasure reads, if that what you call them, but most of them are based on sailing which by no means is a boring subject, but we’re kind of doing what they are talking about. One of the great parts about the sailing community is that everyone has limited library space and book trading is popular, so once in the marquesas, we’ll be able to refresh our library. No new action on the fishing. We had been leaving our lines out overnight in the hopes of catching something, but decided to start bringing them in because are hooks are falling apart. We brought the lures in to add fresh bait and I noticed that all the barbs had rusted off the hooks. I thought maybe they were just old hooks, but when I saw it happen to some of the new heavy duty stainless hooks that I had, I knew the age wasn’t the case. The ocean water is so salty that it really breaks down metal quickly. Something that surprised me is that all of these ecofriendly sailors that are circumnavigating the globe barely making a carbon footprint actually throw the majority of their trash into the ocean. It sounds terrible, but anything that doesn’t contain plastic is just thrown overboard once you get a day or two away from land. A pop can will disintegrate in two days, so I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised that the hooks we’re being eaten away. Just before dinner, a big white bird was circling the boat. Up until this point, we’ve only been seeing these little black birds that fly really low. This looked to be a booby and was flying really high. It looked pretty interested in the baits that we were pulling. I threw a baitfish in the water to see if it’d go for it, but it was locked on the lures. Eventually, it decided against the neon pink squid and flew off. We covered 151 miles today which is not bad we just got a bit spoiled after those few great days. Wind is turning as it is supposed to, so within the next day or two we are going to have to change our sail setup and sail straight down wind. Less than 1000 miles to go…seems like a long way, but we’ve already got 2000 miles under our belts since the Galapagos.

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