“Flying Fish!” has been heard a few time today. It’s a wonderful experience to see them for the first time, and again every time we get the chance. They have been small ones so far and not very frequent yet, but that will soon change.
As we approach the half way mark (1154 nm), probably closer to the end of the day, the question of visiting “Don’s Halfway Gourmet Cafe” has come up and it is a GO! What a treat. Nowhere else in the world does this Cafe exist, it is by special invitation only, to a select, limited number of individuals (10), at a location that is only divulged at the last minute and a mystery menu only divulged at time of service. I am able to share the menu with you (as we’ve already eaten it) and can report it tastes as good as it looks:
Dates Stuffed with Gorgonzola, wrapped in Proscuitto
Chilled Avacado Soup
Alberta “AAA” slow roasted Tenderloin
Jumbo Parwns d’Orleans au Gratin Potatoes
Sherbert Roll and Cheese Cake Squares
Served with Red or White wine
Violin accompinament (conditions permitting).
Needless to say the Violinist couldn’t make it as the weather was not up to his liking, but the dinner service as amazing and a great treat.
The evening’s sailing has resulted in the need for a few repairs today. Steve aka “Mr. Fix It”, attended to the regular “chaffe” inspection routine and discovered a few things that needed special attention. The Boom vang, which we modified a few days to reduce its noise, had a broken shakle that was barely hanging on (replace). Tightening again of the steering cables, taping of some lifelines that working sheets are rubbing against, inspection of the external halyard set up, etc... Steve and Dave are our go-to guys looking to fix, grease, tape, tighten, loosen, modify, weave, run, try, etc... you name it and they have probably done it. At times though, when all the little things have been fixed and all is in order, we get a little nervous, they only seem happy when fixing something. Like a hungry dog on a soup bone these two want to be chawing down on a problem. We’re worried they may in fact intentionally break something in order to have someting to fix!
Good downwind sailing today, winds of 14 to 30 knots: Travelling hot in radiant times eases exagerated nerves. The A and B teams are working hard to log in more miles.
Speed record 14.9 Keturah, winds 14-30
Distance 220+ nm, just over 1100 to go.