Adagio - From Adagio (U.S.A.) 12/06-12/07 2018
#10:12/06 - 12/07:Thursday/FridayIt's OK .. you can be jealous: Lasagna, Balsamic Beef with a cherry reduction sauce, Meat Loaf, Barbecue chicken wraps, Beef and vegetable stew, Crust-free Chicken Pot Pie, and the usual staples such as hamburgers on pita pockets with English Mustard. Yeah ..we're going to be OK.I know I've forgotten a couple of things, and breakfasts are pretty good around here too.I just want to put the shout out to our chief galley master and chef.What an enjoyable and well-provisioned culinary experience this is turning out to be!Kudos!The log entry, in all caps, says simply "Hang On!"It is just a testimony to the unsettled sea state which seems to have persisted throughout most of the journey so far.I know, I know .. we're on a boat a thousand miles from land in the. read more...
Adagio - From Adagio (U.S.A.) #9 12/05-12/06 2018
#9:12/05-12/06 2018: Wednesday/Thursday The mystery ... OK, for the tech giants and masters of electrons ..Here's a question :) . (I'm just going to pretend this is social media)Right before we left Las Palmas, I was pleased to have the iCOM guy come aboard to do a test of our Single Sideband radio system.I had always been curious about our setup and sure enough, the review discovered a few things in 'need'.Ultimately, the problem came down to the auto-tuner not . well .. tuning.Not at all.So, while it;s not technically possible to send and receive messages via SSB unless the tuner is working, we've been successfully doing so for four years.How??well, nobody knows .. and this whole Ham Radio/HF/SSB thing is referred to as a "black art" for a reason.In the end, I decided to replace the. read more...
Adagio - From Adagio (U.S.A) 12/07/2018
#11: 12/07/2018Just a quick update on Pearl Harbor Day.A day with significance for me as my grandfather, while not there, was directly and profoundly affected by the events.I have had the privilege of visiting the memorial for the U.S.S. Arizona in Hawaii and it is a sobering reminder of how quickly a morning can change the lives of millions of people.Dec 7th is also a personally significant for me as it marks the anniversary of my employment with the Federal Aviation Administration.The career path I took was very challenging and rewarding and since my retirement nearly five years ago, I have never been anything but grateful for the opportunity to work with such a great group of professionals while working toward and securing a pension which allows me the freedom to explore the world on. read more...
Adagio - #9: 12/03-12/04 2018: (Monday/Tuesday)
Notes:Mike's doing noon-sights and coming up pretty close!Some clouds prevented a good sight today, but by golly I think he's got it!Being a flying fish must be a terrible life ..I mean, maybe the 'schools' have 'bully fish' or perhaps their social media scenario is too mean .. regardless, several flying fish have chosen to end it all and commit suicide by boat on our decks.One was so desparate that he got all the way into the cockpit seating. .. What are they trying to tell us???The Watermaker motor repair is holing fine and we are making good water.The wind is still fluky and the seas are still rolly .. with mixed swell and multi-directional waves.Did I mention that this resembles the Chesapeake?I adjusted the ship's clocks one hour back .. messed everybody up (evil grin, diabolical. read more...
Adagio - #8: 12/02-12/03 2018 (Saturday/Sunday)
#:8 12/02-12/03 (Saturday/Sunday)So, the first week goes past in a flash, really.It ~seems~ that we are not even moving when we take a look at the big maps, and in the grand scheme we have made precious little progress.Still, miles are miles and we've passed the 1,000nm travelled mark.Unfortunately, it looks like the gambit to head south first is only serving to add miles to the trip and is not going to be any surprise benefit at the end.Ah well, don't hire me to be your tactician if time really matters. It looks like we'll be following the fleet for a while so save a spot and don't drink all the punch!!Oh, and is it ~always~ at 0230 that the non-AIS boat shows up out of nowhere and plays 'S' turns in front of you for a while?I know that we are kind of scrambling to find a good point of. read more...