For those that dont know- the autopilot is a pretty crucial item as when it goes down, you have to take turns hand steering the entire trip, and you have limited chances to take breaks- or take care of the kids. It seems to have a mind of its own right now- so we are giving it some space - we really need it to be part of the crew for this trip! We know of folks who have lost their autopilot on 25 day passages, so we know we are lucky to muscle through this one.
I'd also like to nominate my wife as my personal hero for today for fighting through sea sickness, and just fatigue from the trip. We're both pretty bushed right now, but will take it easy tonight, and will take a bus tomorrow to discover Old Mazatlan. The kids have been great and manage quite well on these passages. Lexi even joined me at 4am for a short part of the watch and we were treated to a great show from the Geminid meteor shower. Heather said that before the moon came up it was spectacular.
|The girls pose with the Flying Fish and Squid that Tristan discovered on deck this morning|
On the good news front, we sailed in to a beautiful school of dolphins that we quite playful and were jumping in front of the boat as we were doing 8-9 knots. We never get tired of that experience - I think I might like to be a dolphin in a future life.
|Yeah, thats cool|
|We threw this chunky guy back- we think its a sign of more fish to come|
We hope you are all staying dry and enjoying your adventures! More to come soon! CHRIS