Sunday, February 22, 2015

Day 5

Wouldn't you know it! 140 miles from our destination, 4:30 a.m. and we pick up the only two LARGE fishing buoys in the Indian Ocean! Yep! We straddled them! One on each side of the boat with a rope running in between them. Each of them thumping the hull in chorus to our forward progression! We furled the genoa and dropped the main sail but still couldn't get them loose with the boat hook or a knife strapped to the boat hook. We decide that Neal is going to have to go into the water but that it would be better to wait until daylight so he can see what is happening under the keel. No problem, dawn comes early on a boat- right??? Well... not this morning! We have once again changed time zones so we have to wait an extra half hour (by our clocks) for the sun to rise. Of course as we are waiting the wind and seas pick up...oh brother! Finally, dawn! Neal puts on a harness and ties himself to the boat. I wrap the line around a cleat and a wench. He jumps into the water and within minutes has both fish floats cut free! Hooray! We furl all of the lines, put away the snorkel gear, deploy the genoa and are now happily sailing at 8 knots in 16 knots of wind!

And if that weren't enough work for one morning, Neal made delicious banana muffins for breakfast! All is well aboard Rutea!

116 miles to go.
At 2/22/2015 9:40 AM (utc) Rutea's position was 06°23.37'N 076°32.53'E

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