How do you tell a classy redneck fisherman from just any? The “beer can” he spent hours on forming into a fishing lure is a Guinness. Andrew cut the black shiny Guinness Draught can into strips to create feathered plume effect maintaining the rim, crimping into an aero-dynamic water dynamic foil, then adding weight and a giant hook on a wire leader making what he hopes will be the ultimate big tuna lure. I’ll give an update tomorrow.
All morning we’ve been entertained with surfing whales that we can spot 100 yards out just under the surface of this beautiful clear water. We watch as the whale(s) surf the swells then surface nose up, back up, tail up then dive and speed toward the boat and zoom under the hull so fast they must be doing 20 knots. Then minutes later one or the same show up 100 yards off the starboard stern and start the sequence again. I’m sure there’s more than one because they’re in too many places too quickly to be one but I can’t say I’ve seen two next to each other this morning. That’s today’s whale of a tale.
The ENE trade winds have set in but only at 9-13 knots after a speedy night on a near beam reach but going a little north of west where eventually would take us to the BVIs. So Andrew on his watch gave a try to a wing on wing approach with the wind DDW (Dead Down Wind or the wind right on our back) pushing us in a better direction of 250 COG (Course Over Ground). We’ve whittled the distance down to 910 straight nm to go. Anything is possible with weather and wind change but at a conservative average of 6 knots per hour we could see St. Lucia late on the 15th.
Our stalk of bananas ripened, as expected, all at once after waiting a week for any. So after eating bananas for 4-5 days it was time for banana pancakes. With the bounty of Dorado caught yesterday sashimi was on the menu complete with wasabi, soy sauce and fresh lime. Lines are back in the water today because we’re all out of fish – we ate two Dorado all raw. Bert made a wonderful presentation with each chunk of Dorado on a square of onion aligned in circles on the serving round with dollups of wasabi on the outside circle with an inside out half of lime made into a mini-bowl to hold the soy sauce – very creative.
That’s the word from the middle of the Atlantic.
Captain of the Inncredible Sea Lodge