I suppose I should say schools of flying fish, but we only see them soaring, often in formation, as they scatter in front of Anthea’s bow wave. The ocean is thick with them here; day after day in these roaring NE trades, all we see of ocean beasts are these improbable creations of nature. The birds take advantage of our herding ability, flying around Anthea and then swooping down for mid-air catches and easy feasts. Anson never imagined he’d enjoy bird photography mid-ocean, but he’s got thousands of photos to sort through to find the two or three “bif” photos to spark our memories for decades to come. In addition to the boobies, there is a stunning, mostly white bird, a little smaller than a booby, with a tail reminiscent of a fly catcher. It maneuvers gracefully, “kiting” as it surveys the feast below and twisting with minimal effort in the midst of a dive. Another mostly white bird, without the elegant tail, also joins the scene. Guesses at bird id anyone?
We continue to harness this brisk NE tradewind. We’ve had a lot of experience in these wind conditions from sailing down the California coast, so we have our routines for powering up and de-powering the boat. The main difference is the chaotic sea state. If you were to place me on land now, I’m sure I’d walk like a drunken sailor, unable to figure out how to move on a surface that isn’t perpetually rocking and rolling.
Keeping this short, as we’re eager to get the weather today. We’re about three days from Longitude 135 W, which may be our turning point to cross the ITCZ and the equator. If anyone knows weather magic, we’d greatly appreciate your help in having the usual weather patterns return here. A large low pressure trough is disrupting the winds to the south of us, and it would be very nice if it would move along and let the SE trades reform for our final legs of the voyage!
Lat 10 degrees 38.6 minutes North
Long 127 degrees 59.9 minutes West