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Day 9 Passage to Darwin FISH ON!

Today was another exciting day of reading and catching a huge fish for Cary. To back up a bit I left my hand line out over night to see if I could land a fish during the night or see if I could catch something weird. When I checked the line that is made of 1000 lbs strength para cord tied to a steel cable I thought I would not lose anything. The steel 1500lbs cable with lure attached had been bitten off during the night by something. Anyway this afternoon Cary grabbed the reel and hooked into a huge Mahi Mahi. Cary battled the fish for about a hour and finally got it close enough to the boat for me to gaff and kill it. It weighted in at 30.1 lbs and was about 4 feet long. Not bad for a days work out on the blue ocean, the freezer is full.

Thank You,

Jacques

Curret Position: 5:33UTC, 9deg 38.7min South, 144deg 38.5min East, COG 318degM, SOG 7kts, Current 1.5kts, Cloudy Sky, Swell <1meter


Day 9 Hit a Whale OOOpss

Late in the morning day Cary was on watch and we were sitting in the cockpit looking out over the ocean. Dragonsbane as normal was rolling back and forth in the ocean swell when something odd happened. I realized that Cary is one attractive guy, he hits fucken everything logs, cocnuts, WHALES! We both heard a loud thud and the front of Dragonsbane shift as if it was hit by a large wave witch we thought had happened. But I was thinking that it was a very odd sound to make and then we saw a whale. I jumped up looked off our port stern and saw what looked like a Sperm Whale blow air out. Then right behind us was a huge bloom of brown, black, and yellow matter that looked like the whale crapped his own pants. Then I saw the whale go down again and disappear. I quickly went below to do a inspection of the forward bow area to see if there had been any damage or water coming through. My dad had been laying in the front bow bunk and said that was a really loud wave. I said we hit a WHALE,MAN! He then checked the hull too but we found nothing. Based on the depth of the whale and impact I believe that it glanced off our port bow right below the water line and doing so crapped his pants in shock of hitting something in the middle of the ocean. I think we shocked the whale just as much as we were and he looked to be in good condition just a bit shocked. Besides hitting a whale all is well onboard and we are 50 nautical miles from starting our entrance into the Torres Straight. We will be entering the hole in the wall of the great barrier reef around 2am or 3am and then the fun begins. We will be on the look out for reefs, rocks, ships, whales, and logs for the next 1000 nautical miles. I am kind of excited to just see spits of land here and there as the only closest thing to land we have seen in the last 9 days is a cargo ship.

What a Smile!

Thanks,

Jacques

Current Position: 06:03UTC, 10deg 50.9min South, 146deg 13.3min East, COG 280degM, SOG 7.1kts. Swell 1-2meters, Air Temp 95deg F, Water temp 92degF, Cloudy Skies, One Whale


Day 8 Passage to Darwin Aus

The wind has eased up for us and is now down to 15 knots or less and the swells are 1 meter or less. We still have the problem of pitch poling back and fourth which is so frustrating when cooking or moving about the boat. Tried fishing today but only had a small bit with no fish to show for it. We also ran the water maker and made some fresh water. Sense we made more fresh water we all took a long salt water bath and then washed down with fresh water. Finished another book called the Unbroken and it was a great read. Anyway all is well onboard. 1,212 nautical miles to go!

smile, SMILE!

Thanks,

Jacques

Current Position: UTC 04:48, 11deg 35.8min South 148deg 37.9min East, SOG 5kts, COG 280degM, WS 15kts, Swell>1meter, Cloudy sky with a few squalls around us, Air Temp 95degF, Water Temp 92.1deg F


Day 7 Passage to Darwin AUS

Not to much to talk about today other then making 150 nautical mile days will put us in Darwin in 9 more days. We 1326 nautical miles to go and the ocean is still lumpy and bumpy as we rock are way across the Coral Sea. Last night around 3am we crossed paths with two cargo ship heading Australia. We were hailed from the first ship then sail behind it and then we hailed the second ship and sail in front of it. It was kind of cool to thread the needle we out here in the middle of the ocean.

On a cooking note I baked a loaf of bread and made pizza for dinner. I have not tried ether so who knows if its going to taste good. It also seems that my computer is starting to do all kinds of odd things so I hope its not going to crash on me, knock on wood. The ocean loves to eat electronics even if you keep them dry the salt in the air just eats them. The salt air also eats your cloths as I am finding out in the last few month. Most of my cloth are so bleached by sun and salt I can see through them. I know when I get home I think I will burn all my sailing cloths or maybe they will just desegregate into thin air.

Current Position: UTC05:49 12deg 12.1min South, 150deg 49.9 min East,COG 276degM, SOG 6.5kts, Swell 2 meters, Cloudy with chance of Squalls, Air temp DAM HOT!

Thanks,

Jacques


Day 6 Passage to Darwin AUS

We had a bit of a scare today when Cary was on shift. My dad and I were down below reading our books when a loud bang, thud, bang, bang, boom was heard under the hull of Dragonsbane. I jumped out of my bunk and went top side to see a large log float away from our starboard side. My dad and I went below to look for any signs of sea water or cracks in the hull. We found nothing and I went top side and looked down the hull and saw nothing. The incident did allow us to discover that our main bilge pump float switch is faulted and the bilge was full of sea water. I turn on the manual switch and the bilge emptied out the water. We now keep an eye on our bilge and run the bilge pump every few hours to make sure its clear. Looks like something else to fix when we get to Darwin.

This evening as we ate our dinner in the cockpit together a bird tried many time to land on our radar tower but came more close to the spinning wind generator. I turned the wind generator off a few times because I was worried he would hit the thing and blow it up sending bird guts everywhere. After many tries the bird finally flew away or at least I think it did.
We have 1500 nautical miles to go and the sea is not making one mile easy on us to date. We still are rolling, pitch poling, getting sprayed by waves, and now the closer we get to the Torres debris in the water is becoming very common. I saw a nice looking flip flop floating, coconuts, and two more logs. Looking ahead at the Indian Ocean I am thinking it will be much long then I have in mind.

Just Smile and Keep ON.

Thanks,
Jacques

Current Position: 12deg 50.1min South, 153deg 19.6min East, COG 289M, SOG 6kts, Swell 3 meters, WS 30kts, Cloudy Skies, Air Temp HOT


Day 5 Passage to Darwin

What an exciting day today to start off I hit my head on the wall trim as I was trying to sleep. I flipped over and the boat move before I could lay my head down on the pillow and cracked my head off the trim edge. Then the sea grew and the wind blew. The wave got as high as 3 meters and the wind was gusting up to 30 knots. We sailed off course for 10 miles to make the sailing condition a bit more relaxing. When turning back to course the headsail sheet got stuck on the forward bow cleat. Then because it was stuck the sail wrapped itself into the roller furling and became jammed. I ran forward and had to pull all this shit apart well we pitch poled all over the place. Now as I am writing its dark out and there is something banging around on deck. No idea what it could be. For dinner I made beans and rice witch is interesting because the pressure cooker is a bit big for my stove so when the boat pitches the pot get wedge between the boat hull and the burner. Anyway making food for the last 5 days has been a athletics event or in Cary’s explanation “its like being a human pin ball inside the game” I agree and have the burns, bruises, and cuts to show. My favorite part of cooking is dodging the knife left on the table as it flies across the floor or off the counter to your feet or is it the pot of boiling water?

Smiling BIG!

Thanks,
Jacques

Current Position: UTC05:28, 13deg 36.2min South, 155deg 55.6min East, COG 291degM, SOG 7.5kts, Sea state 2 meter sweels, Air 90deg F, Cloudy Skies


Day 4 Passage to Darwin

Finally the ocean has become somewhat organized and despite yesterday’s slow speed we still pulled off another 150 nautical mile day. We had heavy winds at night 20 to 25 knots keeping us at 7 plus knots sailing all night. The weather has been great thus far and I am looking forward to sailing into the Torres Strait. Right now there is about 30 knots of wind in the Torres area but hopefully that will slow down a bit for us. Anyway we only have been seeing birds and flying fish to keep us company to date. I was told on the morning SSB Radio net that there was some marine traffic close to Papua New Guinea area but that’s a few days away. We may try and fish tomorrow but for now we are trying to eat up all our frozen beef so I can shut off the power hungry fridge. Cary and Dale say hi to everybody out there, still having lots of fun.

Smile!

Thanks,
Jacques

Current Position: UTC03:40: 14deg 06.3min South, 158deg 55.32min East, COG 278deg M, SOG 6.8kts, WS 18kts, WD East, Sea 1 meter Swell, Air Temp 85F, Water Temp 88deg, Cloudy Sky