The first two days we sailed in moderate to strong winds, the boat crashing through waves drenching everybody aboard with salt water. It took most of us a few days to grow our sea legs but on day three we all started to get into the rhythm of life at sea.
On day three we also had our first happy hour. Between the afternoon and first night watch we all gathered in the cockpit for appies and a drink. The sun descended on the horizon, at times disappearing between towering cumulus clouds producing red and golden rays of light. It was gorgeous. Saturn and Mars are our trusted companions at night and Venus shows as the way early in the morning. Stargazing is perfect as we are near new moon and no other source of light obstructed the clear few of the sky.
On July 30th we celebrated Riaan's birthday with champagne and Marie's home made brownies. Riaan can't imagine a better way to spend his birthday, although he expressed he wished his family would be there to enjoy it with him.
July 31st was truly amazing. John greeted us with his now famous pan cakes only available at the 5 star restaurant String Theory. Here we are, more than 500 nautical miles north of Maui, enjoying fresh pan cakes with fruit all topped with whipped cream.
Black watch (John, Marie, Nik, Riaan and Dave) decided to try fishing again. The previous day the lost two lures, claiming that they had at least a 40 pound fish on the hook breaking the line. Today however, Riaan pulled a beautiful Mahi Mahi (Dorada) on board which Nik skillfully prepared into delicious sashimi. What a treat.
Red watch (Christof, Lyle, Ronald and Brad) enjoyed a leisurely afternoon sail when John suggested we put up the cruising spinnaker. The wind was ideal and up comes that big, colorful sail and String Theory jumped with joy, plowing through the turquoise water. Smiles all around. All hands on deck for happy hour, the sheets cleated-off, beer in hand, we enjoyed yet another sunset at sea. String Theory was perfectly happy , running due north with her crew lazing on deck for a social get together before splitting yet again into their respective watches (shifts).
Today truly was a day to remember: Champagne sailing, fresh seafood, happy hour followed by a salmon dinner with fresh dill sauce (another Mortimer classic) and colorful sunset.
Aloha from team String Theory.