Friday 13th and 9 days in, we made the halfway point last night – 1500 miles from Galapagos, and 1500 to go to Marquesas. We celebrated with fine dining thanks to Dan and Em, beef fillet, gratin potatoes red cabbage and white chocolate cheesecake, washed down with a fine bottle of prosecco provided by Sammy.
We had the kite out for most of the day yesterday as the wind has come aft, and enjoyed classic blue water sailing all day.
Shark hooked on handline....chewed through the line taking the lure, thus avoiding us having to deal with mr. Toothy. Later we had a flurry of strikes on both lines, sadly none of which resulted in a fish being landed [no blame here]...so tonight we have rotten pumpkin and squash curry, unless the fishermen up their game.
We had a close encounter with one of two fishing vessels, the later causing us to change course to avoid being run down. Last night a super tanker which was within half a mile called us up on the radio for a chat, very friendly, wished us well. These have been the only vessels we’ve seen since leaving Galapagos.
The last couple of night skies have been wonderfully starry, and there has been much discussion on identifying the Southern Cross, as usual Em’s superior knowledge of these things put us all right.
We’re now confident that we are heading in the right direction.
On and on we go, chasing the sunset, with the wind behind us and the vast Pacific Ocean around us, life isn’t just good, life is great.