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For friends, family and the random search engine visitor. This blog started as an experiment in mobile blogging from my Palm TREO 600 700 Prē HTC Evo,Samsung 5. Now it serves as a simple repository of favorite activities. Expect bad golf, good fishing, great sailing, eating, drinking, adventure travel, occasional politics and anything else I find interesting along the way including, but not limited to, any of the labels listed here...

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind? -MW Morpheus Log Day 14 -12/04 6:30PM Ship Time (GMT)

Miles Traveled:2410
Miles To Go (to Antigua): 200
Heading: 293
Current Speed: 9.6 knots
Fastest Ride so Far [SPECIAL NOTE: Due to conditions and new watch configurations we have segmented this competition into two categories] -
1) OTTO CHEERLEADER AWARD: Jim was on watch when Otto hit an 18.0 Knot mark early on 12/03
2) HUMANS DON'T NEED NO STINKING AUTOMATION AWARD: Kim hit 17.8 driving the boat while Otto was in a timeout for bad behavior later on 12/03

Thought of the Day:
"We made it through 2400 miles without breaking anything important or anyone getting seriously hurt. We're not going to screw up the last 200." - Jim

Sailing:
Last night did not start out fun with 3 drivers on hourly watches partnered with two crew on two hour watches. Throw in a dark night with almost no moon, a squall or two and occasional 30 knot gusts, it was looking like a careful but long night. Fortunately, in the wee hours of the morning, with two reefs and the jib rolled up, Jim was able to get Otto behaving like the Otto we know and love. We were back on our usual four person rotation, Otto assisted, watch.

We were still riding some big swells and 25+ gusts this morning, so there was some experimentation about the configuration for the home stretch. Jib or no jib? One reef, two reef, no reef? This experimentation also gave the drivers another unassisted shot at surfing big swells and beating Kim's speed record for the passage. [Video and pictures pending] By afternoon, her record was still intact, winds had settled back into a more comfortable 18-23 knot range, and Otto was driving again.

Our noon-to-noon mark was 200 knots on the nose, in the same range as the previous few days. Here is the dilemma. At exactly 6:30 PM ship time (GMT), we were exactly 200 miles from our destination. The optimal outcome is to arrive at the marina in daylight and and in our berth before immigration closes for the night. So we have a choice:

A) Push to be sure we got to our destination in time to berth and clear immigration with another 200 mile day -or-
B) Just let the wind be our guide, keep the boat and Otto comfortable, and accept we may be dropping anchor for the night outside the marina in a sheltered bay upon arrival.

It was no decision really. If we get lucky and get there early - fine. If we get there late afternoon or dusk, we'll drop anchor and go for a swim in blue Caribbean waters.

We were mildly surprised when we did not spot any additional boats today. As we close in on our destination we expected to see more boats heading in the same direction as us.

Food:

Breakfast: Yogurt Fruit and Nut Medley and Rum Cake
Lunch - Salami and Cheese Wraps - Rum Cake is gone.
Dinner - Tory's Texas Hash - Yum!

- mw

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Catch a Wave and You're Standing On Top Of The World Redux -MW Morpheus Log Day 13 -12/03 6:00PM Ship Time (GMT)

Miles Traveled:2283
Miles To Go (to Antigua): 400
Heading: 280
Current Speed: 9.6 knots
Fastest Ride so Far [SPECIAL NOTE: Due to conditions and new watch configurations we have segmented this competition into two categories] -
1) OTTO CHEERLEADER AWARD: Jim was on watch when Otto hit an 18.0 Knot mark early on 12/03
2) HUMANS DON'T NEED NO STINKING AUTOMATION AWARD: Kim hit 17.8 driving the boat while Otto was in a timeout for bad behavior later on 12/03

Thought of the Day:
"What we have here is a failure to communicate." - Captain Cool Hand Jim

Sailing:
It had to end sooner or later. During our miraculous extended run with a harmonic convergence of wind, waves and course, everyone was feeling a bit nervous as it seemed too good to be true. There was so much knocking on wood It sounded like a flock of woodpeckers had taken over the Morpheus. My first indication that conditions changed was a deck sweeper wave that washed over the starboard bow, into the cockpit and splashed through the aft hatch and onto my sleeping face. Nothing like a salt shower alarm clock to get your day going.

This morning the winds and waves came up and we double reefed in the dark before dawn. Otto was not dealing with things as well as Captain Jim would like and by mid-morning the humans had taken over the helm. Problem being, there are only three humans on board who can safely sail in these conditions, and your loyal blogger is not one of them. So, until conditions return to some semblance of normalcy, Jim, Kim and Doug are taking one hour watches at the helm while Deb and I alternate two hour watches accompanying them on deck, looking for ships, and making sure everything else is cool while they focus on driving the boat. Safety first. I love it when a plan comes together.

Although we're sailing through big swells, and occasionally a big one rearranges seating arrangements, everyone is fine.

We have company. "Zed 7 Solo Sailor" is back. She is racing in the Rue de Rhum. Last seen two nights ago passing aft while we were watching a movie on the mainsail. Now pulling ahead of us a few miles off our port.

More dramatic, we passed within a mile of the tug Alp Winger towing what looks like a huge derelict derrick ship - CR Luigs. It's an ugly brute.

Last three days on the Noon to Noon 24 hour mileage check were 197, 195 and today 222. Getting there quicker than anticipated even as recently as a few days ago.

Fishing:
Are you kidding? Not in these conditions.

Food:
Breakfast: Oatmeal and Rum Cake
Lunch - Ham and Cheese Wraps and Rum Cake
Dinner - Chicken Jambalaya and Rum Cake

- mw

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Master Class -MW Morpheus Log Day 12 -12/02 811:30 PM Ship Time (GMT)

Miles Traveled:2124
Miles To Go (to Antigua): 571
Heading: 2270
Current Speed: 8.6 knots
Fastest Ride so Far: Jim/Otto with a 17.2 Knot mark on 11/26

Thought of the Day:
"Alas poor Thomas the trash compactor. I knew him Horatio" - Shakespeare

Sailing:
How many times can I say "more of the same"? It's more of the same. No gybes. No reefs. A little more wind tonight, but still sailing before the trade winds in sunshine all day with good wind, fair seas and a good heading to Antigua.

Today we spotted the sails of Saul Goodman and Ardnagee and they are both now far in our wake.

Highlights:
I'm late getting to this post and want to get to bed after my watch so I'm just going to outline the highlights of the day -

Attended a Master Class of Kim preparing a green curry with our dorado catch of few days ago. Made with ginger, garlic, coconut milk and other goodies. I ate two bowls. This is our third meal with this fish and we still have some in the freezer.

Audited a Master Class of Doug "The Professor" fixing various and sundry things around the boat that needed fixing. Including soldering tiny wires on a bouncing boat in the high seas. Not recommended for beginners. However, he did not fix the trash compactor, which crapped out and he has thus far failed to repair.

Observed a Master Class of Captain Jim prostrating himself all over the boat to get the perfect iPhone slow shutter photograph with Morpheus in focus and blurred rushing and churning Atlantic Ocean in the background.

Fishing:
No fishing today. However a pod of dolphins discovered us and were jumping and playing in our bow wave for a while. Pictures and video pending.

Food:
Breakfast (and all day): Deb's fantastic Rum Cake
For Brunch - Green Coconut Ginger Garlic Curry with our Mahi Mahi / Dorado. Except for Jim who ate the curry with Hot Dogs. No. Really. He did.
For Dinner - Shirley's Meat Loaf in a wrap.

Movie Night:
No movie night tonight because it's screwing up everyone's watch/sleep patterns. - mw

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

It's called "Fishing" not "Catching" -MW Morpheus Log Day 11 -12/01 8:00 PM Ship Time (GMT)

Miles Traveled:1,926
Miles To Go (to Antigua): 806
Heading: 285
Current Speed: 7.5 knots
Fastest Ride so Far: Jim/Otto with a 17.2 Knot mark on 11/26
Butter Indicator: I put it out in the sun. It melted. Done deal.

Context Free Thought of the Day:
"Jim. Go back to bed. Kim's watch starts in five minutes." - Mike W

Sailing:
It's Groundhog Day! And no one is complaining. No gybes. No reefs. Just more of the same, day after day, sailing before the trade winds in sunshine with good wind, fair seas and heading to Antigua.

We saw yesterday's contact "Zed 7" again last night. She gybed, slowed up, and crossed behind us during move night.

Fishing:
Rod and reel deployed. First tried another "rapala-like" lure but with a smaller spoon and shallower diving profile to avoid the last rapala disaster. Let out a lot of line to give it a chance to get some depth behind this 8-10 knot "trolling" speed boat. Seemed to work for a while. Then, on one of it's periodic jumps out of the water, it snagged itself on the line rendering the swivel useless, and unbeknownst to us, began spinning far behind the boat and twisting the heavy monofilament line into a coiled spring. Soon every bit of slack created another coiled knot in the line and around the pole until the reel was rendered useless (Strike One).

After pulling the lure in by hand and cutting loose another 100 yards or so of line, we were back in the water with a weighted purple squid that didn't spin at all. An hour or so later it was hit by a fish that started taking out all the line. As I slammed on the drag, Kim saw a silver fish break the surface many swells behind. The line kept spooling out despite maximum drag, and by the time I got it under control the fish was off the hook. It took a long time to reel that line back in (Strike Two).

Redeployed the purple squid, this time with a shorter line as I was tired of reeling in miles of empty line. It spent most of the afternoon bouncing of the top of the swell behind us (Strike Three).

Food:
Deb's homemade zuchinni bread with a smear of soft butter and Yogurt Fruit Nut Medley for breakfast. Captain Jim is counting everyone's M&M's and implying that someone is stealing M&M's out of his bowl. I'm not saying this is a Captain Queeg situation, but... I'm just sayin'

Genoa Salami and Cheese wraps for lunch. Manchego. blue cheese,and Lomo salami for snacks. Pork and rattatouie over rice for dinner. - mw

Movie Night:
Las night'sTarrentino was um... well... Let's just say Four Rooms was three rooms too many. Back to a reliable entertainment. The Dude will abide on the mainsail tonight.

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Jump to the left, step to the right -MW Morpheus Log Day 10 -11/30 7:48 PM Ship Time (GMT)

Miles Traveled:1,747
Miles To Go (to Antigua): 999
Heading: 285
Current Speed: 7.5 knots
Fastest Ride so Far: Jim/Otto with a 17.2 Knot mark on 11/26
Butter Indicator: Nobody cares anymore

Thought of the Day:
"Number 9... Number 9... Number 9..." - The Beatles

Sailing:
Lets do the gybe warp again! Due to a lack of journalistic rigor in the official ships log, I cannot precisely report on the exact number of hours we were on the port gybe before taking a jump to the left and a step to the right at 10:17 this morning. Safe to say, it has been around 4 days, possibly as much as 50+ hours that we were a Center Left sailboat. We are now Center Right and those sleeping on the port side of the boat will have a more restful night. I may or may not have successfully recorded a 360 degree movie of the entire gybe maneuver which I will endeavor to post on this blog at some indefinite time in the future.

As of the time of this post, we broke triple digits in miles remaining on this passage. The new course puts us on a heading that is still a little South of Antigua, but we've got 999 miles to refine the course.

We had a cargo ship sighting overnight on Kim's watch, and we can see a sail about 4 miles distant on our starboard beam as I type this. AIS informs us this is the "ZED 7" Solo Sailor cranking along at 12 knots. First sightings since we saw three boats on the 25th.

Casino Morpheus:
The Antigua Arrival Betting Pool had to be expanded as we accepted a late entry from our honorary crew member and guardian weather angel, Gibb. He is predicting a December 5th 6:16 PM Atlantic Time arrival. Since no one on board can explain the difference between Atlantic Time and Ship Time, we've added a December 5th early arrival date to the pool.

Additional Antigua Arrival Pool Date: Dec 5
Hours:<< 0-4 [xx] 4-8 [xx] 8-12 [DJ] 12-15 [JG] 15-18 [KC] 18-21 [MW] 21-24 [DG]

Fishing:
We gave the fish another day off.

Food and Drink:
For Happy Hour we enjoyed Tinto Veranos, a refreshing red wine, lemon Fanta over ice concoction that is popular in Spain.

Yogurt Fruit and Nut Medley for breakfast. Everyone had to pick out their M&M's and give them to Jim. Ham and Cheese wraps for lunch. Chicken and mushroom risotto for dinner. All great. - mw

Movie Night:
With continuing benign conditions, Movie Night on the Mainsail is becoming a nightly event. Quentin Tarrentino tonight.

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All of the above is some straight up sh-- from trip scribe and historian MIke W.
Noon yesterday to noon today run: 194.5 nm.
Wash day for me. 2 loads- DJ

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Place Your Bets -MW Morpheus Log Day 9 -11/29 8:00 PM Ship Time (GMT)

Miles Traveled:1,564
Miles To Go (to Antigua): 1,165
Heading: 225
Current Speed: 8.5 knots
Fastest Ride so Far: Jim/Otto with a 17.2 Knot mark on 11/26
Butter Indicator: Schrodinger's Butter is in a Superposition Quantum Wave Function where it is both melted and unmelted until someone opens the lid

Thought of the Day:
"Fry 'em" - Jurist in "My Cousin Vinnie"

Sailing:
Same as it ever was... Same as it ever was... Same as it ever was ....

Casino Morpheus:
The Antigua Arrival crew betting pool has been settled.

Volumes I and II of the rules, codicels, exceptions, tie-breakers, etc. are too extensive to be transmitted via SailMail so we will maintain these on a 50 gigabyte thumbdrive on board.

Antigua Arrival Date: Dec 6
Hours:<< 0-4 [KC] 4-8 [JG] 8-12 [DJ] 12-15 [KC] 15-18 [DG] 18-21 [MW] 21-24 [JG]
Antigua Arrival Date: Dec 7
Hours: 0-4 [DJ] 4-8 [JG] 8-12 [DG] 12-15 [DG] 15-18 [KC] 18-21 [MW] 21-24 [DG]
Antigua Arrival Date: Dec 8
Hours: 0-4 [JG] 4-8 [DJ] 8-12 [KC] 12-15 [DJ] 15-18 [MW] 18-21 [MW] >>

Fishing:
We've enjoyed two meals of the Dorado with at least one more meal pending. Fishing will resume tomorrow.

Food:
Leftover Rum Cake for Breakfast. Chilaquelles for Brunch. Dorado Sushi Rolls for dinner appetizer (except for Jim, who had a mystery meat byproduct roll instead). Seared pork & rice with ratatullie (sp) for the main course.

Last night's movie night on the mainsail "My Cousin Vinnie" was interrupted midway due to technical difficulties. The movie will probably resume tonight, although I am not sure why. The ending is clear - [SPOILER ALERT] The two New Jersey kids are found guilty and electrocuted - mw

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Casualtes: 1 clothespin lost overboard.
Repaired: Hinge on chart table lid, 3 screws pulled out .Match sticks pressed in place and screws re secured. 3 year warranty.
Observation: After many days of seeing just about nothing in the ocean today we are seeing many bits and small clumps of light brown seaweed. It is our belief that it is Saragaso seaweed.
Rebooted : All B&G instruments and ships computer.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Is the passage half empty or half full? - MW Morpheus Log Day 8 -11/28 5:50 PM Ship Time (GMT)

Miles Traveled:1,344
Miles To Go (to Antigua): 1,344
Heading: 245
Current Speed: 8 knots
Fastest Ride so Far: Jim/Otto with a 17.2 Knot mark on 11/26
Butter Indicator: Butter debate rages on unsettled. Consensus: Not Melted

Thought of the Day:
"Boring is good." - Deb

Sailing:
It's deja vu all over again. Blue skies, puffy clouds, and a consistent following wind. A smooth comfortable ride in mostly the right direction. The same port gybe with the Wing and Wing configuration, mainsail starboard, jib port. Jim thinks this is the longest time on this passage we've been on the same gybe. The trade winds are performing as advertised. We're on a course that'll take us further south than Antigua, but hey... there are other cool islands down there.

Halfway Party:
At 5:50 PM GMT we reached the exact midpoint of the passage. 1,344 miles ahead, 1,344 miles behind, and you know that notion just crossed my mind.

Deb planned ahead with a selection of hats that you will simply have to wait for the pictures to see, as I am not going to attempt to describe them. Okay. Two hints. Think... Conquistador Jim, #Doug, Dia De La Muerto Kim, and Matador Mike. A double issue of grog to mark the occasion - meaning - I got two beers. The highlight was Deb's homemade Rum Cake, a slice of which qualified as an additional ration of grog.

Fishing:
Fishing is suspended as we've decided we should eat the fish we caught before catching another (refrigeration constraints).

Food:
Yogurt Fruit and Nut Medley for Breakfast. Multilayer Nachos for lunch. Fresh Dorado Tempura Fish Tacos for dinner with Debs flammable Rum Cake for dessert. Smoking not permitted within 10 feet of the cake.

The fish was great. Really great. Captain Jim (who generally hates fish) gave the fish taco plate a glowing review saying: "I could eat this."

As good as the fish main course, the rum cake was even better.

With benign conditions, movie night on the mainsail is on the docket after dark. - mw

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Take the Red Pill - MW Morpheus Log Day 7 -11/27 4:00 PM Ship Time

Miles Traveled:1165
Miles To Go (to Antigua): 1525
Heading: 245
Current Speed: 8 knots
Fastest Ride so Far: Jim/Otto with a 17.2 Knot mark aided by a 26 knot following wind in the early morning hours of 11/26
Butter Indicator: Jim: "The butter has melted!" Deb:"That is soft butter, not melted butter." Kim: "Not melted yet. No puddle."

Thought of the Day:
"Everything is better with a smear of soft butter on it. Particularly Deb's homemade ginger bread." - mw

Sailing:
Today we have blue skies, puffy clouds, and a consistent easy following wind. Not going very fast, but it's smooth comfortable sailing in the right direction, and no need for any sail adjustments all day (so far). We're on a port gybe with the Wing and Wing configuration, mainsail starboard, jib port. Jim says's we may be on this gybe for days. He says that everyday.

It is such smooth sailing, everyone slept late, and there is very little activity to report. However, it is smooth sailing today because there was a lot of activity last night. On Doug's watch, in a squall, in light winds, at some point, Morpheus was sailing backwards confusing Otto, and requiring running the motor to get him reoriented. We were sailing again by the time of my watch, but we were apparently sailing to Nova Scotia instead of Antigua. So Jim, Deb, and I gybed and redeployed the jib in the dark while sleep deprived. It went off like clockwork. On Jim's watch there was a private showing of the Matrix projected on the mainsail. Private because apparently no else was invited. I was aware of it because I thought I was dreaming, but I actually heard Morpheus (movie character not boat) explaining the Matrix to Neo. Kim caught the end of of the movie on her watch, at which point the wind died, so they rolled in the jib and started motoring. By the time of my morning watch we were sailing again.

Fishing:
Due to our port gybe, the mainsail sheet extends across the spot where we mount the fishing rod and reel. So... no rod and reel deployed. Jim did get the handline deployed with a red squid lure. I don't want to believe that Jim selected this tack specifically to keep me from using the rod and reel, but ... I just don't know.

BREAKING: The sailing was so smooth that the Officer Corp authorized a cocktail hour and distributed beers. As we were enjoying the beer, a four foot dorado hit the handline. Jim's catch, but a real team effort bringing it in. Having experienced some difficulty in the past getting a hooked fish on the boat, we decided to not rush it. The fish was hooked well enough to drag it behind the boat until exhausted. I then climbed down on the transom and grabbed it under the gills hauling it on to the boat. We put a stringer on it, and with a few judicious cuts put it back in the ocean to bleed out. Finally, still standing on the transom, we decided to fillet the beast on top of the Yeti cooler. With the rest of the crew finding me tools, ensuring I was safely secured, taking photographs, and washing the back of the boat with a sprayer to keep effluvia flowing backward, we managed to hack some good size fillets out of the catch. Jim also helped by shouting encouragement from below deck. Dinner was already underway, so half the fillets went into the freezer and half into the fridge. We'll be eating fish the next couple of nights.

With everyone sleeping late, breakfast was catch as catch can. I enjoyed Deb's Homemade Ginger Bread with a smear of soft butter. Lunch was ham and cheese wraps. Chicken Chili with Ratatouie for dinner. As I feared, I am gaining weight on this passage. - mw

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Monday, November 26, 2018

It's Magic - MW Morpheus Log Day 6 -11/26 7:00 PM Ship Time

Miles Traveled:1020
Miles To Go (to Antigua): 1704
Heading: 250
Current Speed: 7 knots
Fastest Ride so Far: BREAKING! Doug's new speed record of 16.2 lasted about 2 hours when Jim beat it with a 17.2 Knot mark aided by a 26 knot following wind in the early morning hours of 11/26
Butter Indicator: Not Melted

Thought of the Day:
"Sailing away on the crest of a wave, it's like magic. Rolling and riding and slipping and sliding, it's like magic." - Electric Light Orchestra

Sailing:
Once upon a time, there were things called "CD's" where one could select music from your collection, copy to them to a CD and enjoy full fidelity music on a CD with a theme of your choice. We called these "mixes". Today you can do this with a playlist from your digital music collection, but it is not as good because there are no limit to songs you can include in a playlist. With a CD mix you had to make hard choices on which songs to include and exclude as you were limited by the physical capacity of the CD. Kids have it so easy these days.

A decade or so ago I created a Sailing Mix CD for one of my passages on the Morpheus back in those dark ages of CD musical technology. I bring this up because I included ELO's "It's a Livin' Thing" on my CD Sailing Mix. I was surprised when several of my crewmates on that passage questioned whether it really belonged on a Sailing Mix. As noted, whether a song belonged on a CD Mix was a Very Important Question in those days that would precipitate heated debate that could destroy friendships. We agreed to disagree.

I bring this up because of my late watch (11:00-1:00 AM) last night. Wind was blowing 20-27 knots, and even with our main double reefed and flying in the Wing and Wing configuration, the trip speed records were dropping by the hour. Winds in that range make the Captain & First Mate nervous, particularly with amateurs on watch, but the interesting fact is that Morpheus loves it.

So it's midnite, it's dark, the moon is rising but obscured by the clouds,the wind is howling at 26 knots behind me, I am alone on deck, strapped to the boat, standing behind the dodger, amidst swells bigger than the boat, sensing more than seeing the violence of the Atlantic all around me, and Morpheus is just cruising along at about 12 knots, smooth as cruise control on I-5, straight as an arrow, gently swaying me back and forth like a baby in a basinet. It was like a magic carpet ride. And the soundtrack in my head was playing those first two lines of ELO's "livin' thing". So yeah. It's a sailing song.

On the Captain's official noon to noon log, we logged 205 mile. A 200 mile day is always a good day.

Fishing:
Also during my watch, a flying fish smashed itself into the glass in the dodger in front of me. So I am claiming the First Fish catch on this passage.

For more conventional fishing, I decided to forego the cedar plugs for a deep diving Rapala that promised it was good for high speed trolling. Long story short, the lure almost bent the poll in half, and by the time I got it under control we had a god awful tangled mess in the reel. A few hours later and with Doug's help we had the reel untangled and a cedar plug back in the water. Jim added a hand line on the port side trolling a squid, but no luck. My flying fish was the only catch of the day.

Winds lightened up in the afternoon. It's getting hot, but the butter refuses to melt. We motored most of the afternoon to recharge batteries and refill the fresh water tanks. Heading into the evening watch re again under sail with light winds.


Milk and Cereal for Breakfast. Shirley's Meat Loaf Sandwiches for Lunch. Iberian Ham and Manchego Cheese for afternoon snack. Choice of Pork Curry or Meat Loaf for dinner. - mw

Poll Question: Is ELO's "Livin' Thing" s Sailing Song?
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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Three's a Crowd - MW Morpheus Log Day 5 -11/25 6:00 PM Ship Time

Miles Traveled:840
Miles To Go (to Antigua): 1820
Heading: 280
Average Speed: 8-10 knots
Fastest Ride so Far: BREAKING! Doug sets a new speed record with 16.2 knots while he is at the hem during a squall on 11/25, shattering Kim's prior best with 15.3 knots on Nov 23
Butter Indicator: Not Melted

Thought of the Day:
Even if your boat is a Privilege 60, and it is colored white, you should not announce on channel 16 that your boat is a White Privilege.

Poll Result:
The correct answer was confirmed by both Gibb and Harlan - both gybed (British spelling) and jibed (American spelling) are correct. However, "gybed" is cooler so we will be using that spelling exclusively here on the Official Blog of Record.

Sailing:
We gybed again in the morning, so the mainsail is back at left wing, and the jib is back at right wing. Seas were a bit more confused over the course of the day and we skirted a few squalls, but still mostly smooth sailing. In this configuration we can again get a fishing line in the water. We learned the painted cedar plug we used today was exactly as effective as the plain cedar plug we used Friday.

Three other sailboats were spotted today. I spotted a tricolor in the far distance on my early morning watch. The boat was visible on AIS but it's name was not identified. I assume this was the catamaran King's Ransom that hailed us yesterday. Jim spotted a sail about 2.5 miles off our starboard beam, which we soon learned from a Channel 16 conversation was the Zatara - a white Privilege 60. Don't blame us, that's what they said. Finally Kim spotted the Wiz on her watch late this afternoon. They are all heading for Antigua. They are all behind us now.

Cal / Colorado Game
Thanks to all the Cal Alum for texting the play by play to the Morpheus for the benefit of the Buffalo on board. Even though the game was over after the first three offensive plays, I was glad to hear the chirp of football updates form the community throughout the night. I am just gratified that my alma mater has made the transition from doormat of the Big 8, to doormat of the Pac 12.

Highlight of the day was spotting three other ships. My early morning watch
Late in the day we hailed by the "King's Ransom" - a self described "fat pig catamaran" also heading for Antigua on Channel 16. They claimed they could see us, but we never saw them. Still looking.

Yogurt Surprise for Breakfast. Pizza for Lunch. Pork Curry with Rice for dinner. - mw

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My intent is to post daily logs to my blog from SailMail. Due to the technology limitations, these will be short - text only posts. I'll backfill pictures and video once I am home again.

PS - As a courtesy I give all on-board an opportunity to add comments here on the bottom of post prior to transmission if they so desire:

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Casualty:
New Port side jib sheet cover worn through due to chafe. Replaced w/ spare.

Repairs:
boom vang bracket attachment screws (6 total) on underside of boom loosened. 1 presumably fell overboard 1 retrieved from deck. Reinstalled a/r with a spare and this will be watched.
Engine wiring: 2 wires chafed to bare wire at point of contact with engine mount. Taped with electrical tape and loom zip tied away from point of chafe. - DJ

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