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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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