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Taking Back Our Lives
Taking Back Our Lives
021 - May 11th 10:06 MDT
High Seas bird report: Ring necked dove vanished yesterday after dark. Starling showed up just after sunrise, he is much healthier, gobbling bananas and water.
022 - May 12th 09:31 MDT
Day 9. No wind. Glassy azure sea. Hot. Desolation is absolute. Water planet. Sea life inventory: Boobies, turtles, flying fish, myriad bioluminescent plankton, jellies, albatross, starling (lost to sea), dove (also lost), squid, dolphins, a lone whale, and the two of us. No other sign of human life since Cabo.
023 - May 12th 17:54 MDT
Captain's Log, Mission elapsed time: 10days, 1hr, 3min, 17sec. Flower crew took first showers today. Needed or not!
024 - May 13th 15:00 MDT
Morgan's Offshore Survival Tip (MOST) #1 - It's bloody hot in the tropics! An easy, if not fragrant, solution is to keep your shirt drenched and feet bare.
025 - May 14th 15:49 MDT
MOST (Morgan's Offshore Survival Tip) #2 - Isolation is a killer! Chores and routine help keep the myriad physical and psychological effects of isolation at bay
026 - May 15th 07:08 MDT
MOST#3 Create space: the ship's a tiny self contained world. Isolation+stress=tension. Mission participants will seek conflict. DO NOT ENGAGE, retreat, accept
027 - May 15th 08:44 MDT
Capt Log, MET (Mission Elapsed Time) 303:42:22 h:m:s ->12d, 15hr, 42m, 22s. Sailing: 75%, motoring 25% of time. Fuel level: 61%. Dist remaining to Panama: 53%
028 - May 15th 12:19 MDT
Doldrums! Not a breath of wind, glassy, rolly seas. Hot, humid. Ran engine til signs of overheating. While motoring, ran watermaker, enjoy AC, icemaker, etc.
029 - May 16th 15:45 MDT
Litany of Ship Happens: #1-hit root ball off Cabo. Ship happens #2-hot water hose just exploded. Impromptu sauna down below. Capt ok, but crew steamed as cabbage rolls. Ship Happens #3 - Brand new mainsail, 10cm too tall. Aluminum head bracket jams between back stays. Colossal force to unjam. Jerry-rig implemented, possible rigging damage
May 16th 15:51 MDT - supplemental
MOST #4 Sleep is vital. Use wet towels as blankets to battle the heat.
030 - May 16th 19:21 MDT
Captain's Log Mission Elapsed Time 014:02:16:34 Nautical Miles From San Diego: 1,485.92 NM NM to Panama Canal: 1,477.30 Speed Max: 12.9 knots, Moving Average: 5.67 knots Wx: good to excellent downwind sailing under spinnaker. Crew and vessel holding up well. Enjoying a spectacular sunset.
031 - May 17th 10:53 CDT (local time change)
Captain's Log, X-rated. Crew of Flower exists in a state of nakedness. Hot, humid. Only relief is cold showers, plant misters and stark, raving nakedness.
May 17th 11:17 CDT - supplemental
Ship Happens #4 Captain failure! Using flawless teenager behavior, spinnaker hating crew forced a change to genoa. Captain caved. Yacht thrashed in light wind and horrible chop.
May 17th 18:10 CDT - supplemental
Captain's Log 360:10:45 While far offshore Flower will be known as VOYAGER: intrepid class starship. Captain is "Janeway." Single crew member: "Seven of Nine"
May 18th 10:07 CDT
NOTE: Captain's Log entry 360:10:45 pays homage to our deep, almost fanatic, appreciation of the Star Trek: "Voyager," series. Live long and prosper, trekies!
032 - May 18th 14:50 CDT
MOST #5 Intellectual stimulation helps prevent insanity. Study. Play chess. Write computer programs. Keep a log. Observe nature carefully. Come up with a TOE.
May 18th 14:57 CDT
Ship Happens #5 Sunburn! In the worst places (See Capt's Log X-rated). Hard to sit down. Shade doesn't stop UV. Sunscreen useless while staying drenched.
May 18th 16:15 CDT
Ship Happens #6: Shoes rotting. Both capt and crew have experienced major shoe decay due to sweat, high humidity and constant soaking. Solution: bare feet
May 18th 17:21 CDT
Ship Happens #7: Crew member, 7 of 9, tertiary adjunct of unimatrix 01, has developed a nasty rash all over her back. Borg nano-probes prove ineffective.
033 - May 19th 10:14 CDT
Capt's Log: MET 16d:16h:17m:48s Distance 1,765.18 NM Speed Max 12.9 knots Moving Average 5.9 knots. Currently upwind sailing. Wnd NE 6 knots, vessel speed 6.2
May 19th 15:11 CDT
MOST #6 Best Before matters: Stocking up on food with an eat by deadline is deadly boring when it comes to consuming before it rots. I see one more tofu weiner!
034 - May 19th 18:07 CDT
Capt's Log. No Wind. Under motor last 6 hrs. No wind in forecast. Seas glassy with ponderous SW swell. 17:30 lcl (-5:00 utc). Stopped to photograph sea turtle
035 - May 21st 00:47 CDT
Capt's log.Wind, right on the snout, and avoiding dazzling electrical storms, thus the crazy track. Huge seas, wild ride, launched from wave crests, then crash!
036 - May 21st 12:56 CDT
MOST #7 Anything not nailed down(including you)becomes an out-of-control, flying hazard in upwind sailing. Move like a crab, 3 points of contact at all times!
037 - May 21st 20:05 CDT
Capt's Log, day 19 at sea. Boom, bang, crash... Sizzle. Wearing helmets to reduce injuries from being slammed by waves. Spectacular thunderstorms everywhere.
038 - May 22nd 08:42 CDT
Capt's Log, MET 019:14:46:50, Dist: 2,036.55 NM. Awesome electrical-storm activity last night (absolutely surreal-wow) is subsiding. Seas should be calm and glassy for next several days.
May 22nd 09:04 CDT - supplemental
Capt's Log, supplemental: Just blew out the main fuel tank.(don't worry, Mom! It's is an aviation term) and for fellow Yanmar owners: she started right up again!
May 22nd 14:46 CDT - supplemental
UFO sighting! Raft-like Unidentified Floating Object/vessel looking adrift changed course to follow us. Big 4 engine turboprop plane arrived. Looked like military sub-chaser. Both craft vanished behind us.
039 - May 22nd 14:46 CDT
May 22nd 16:30 CDT
Captain's log - Encountered large school of bottlenose dolphins while motoring through glassy-calm. Poor dickens tried goading us into speeding up by sidling up to the bow like street racers at a light.
040 - May 22nd 20:43 CDT
Capt's Log, Motoring, calm. 01:40 UTC(8:40 pm) Dialed a 20 deg starboard course change into the autopilot. And so begins the nightly tango with electrical storms.