October 2012

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01 Nov

Our sailing trip turns into a fishing trip

Published by Deborah

It was almost 4 o’clock when I took over for Stephan for the remaining of the night shift.  Rigo finally was lying down and getting some sleep.  I figured around 4:30 or so we crossed the official finish line for the first leg but there was still a good 20 miles to go before we arrived at the anchorage at Turtle Bay.  I settled in at the nav station and did the usual check points.  Then I got bored.  I thumbed through the San Diego Reader and played a few games on the ipad.  This last night of the leg was more rolling and wavy than the first 2 nights and we ended up turning on the engine to try to settled things out.  We had the main up to help balance things out as well. 

Suddenly around 5:30 the boom lost the rhythm of the waves and the wind and came crashing across the traveler as if has done a million times before.  I went outside to take a look to see if the wave direction had changed or maybe the wind had shifted.  I looked up at the main and to my despair I see the main with a large rip just below the second reef.  I ran back inside.  “All hands on deck!!” I yelled as I woke Stephan and Rigo.  Being a little disoriented, Stephan and Rigo jumped to their feet to see what was going on.  Of course the sail had to come down.  Everyone strapped on something and took a position to bring down the main.  As the main came down it ripped a little more. Total bummer!  I wanted to cry even though I was not surprise that this happened.  This is the second rip since we left in July.  Heavy Metal is telling us that she wants a new main.  Unfortunately with the size of her sail, used sails are almost impossible to find so a custom one will need to be made, and that is not cheap!

So all of the sails were put away.  We had about 10 miles left until our destination.  The sun was coming up.  Rigo was wide awake but Stephan attempted to go back to sleep. I just hung out trying not to be too depressed about what happened.  Rigo decided to go fishing since the sun was coming up and he didn’t have much else to do.  About 15 minutes later both lines had a catch.  No sleep for Stephan.  I ran to wake him up.  They reeled them in and turned out to be good size Yellowtail Tuna.  Definitely not a first for us.  Our count was at 19 before this catch.  Of course we did not keep all 19.  There just wasn’t room and we knew we would not eat that much.  We kept these 2 though because they were bigger than most of the ones we caught previously.

The lines went back in the water and then bam!  Five minutes later, two more were on the line.  Holy hell!  More tuna.  These went back to the sea.  Can’t we catch anything other than tuna?  We made a call to the fleet to see if anyone was interested in some of the tuna that we were catching.  We got a little bit of interest and someone also mentioned that we could bring it to the beach BBQ on the following day.  Since we were no longer sailing we decided to fish.  We were up and still bumming about our main. Two more!  It was predictable at this point.  Rigo’s line would bite and then seconds later Stephan’s line would bite.  They was obviously a school of tuna following our boat.  Most of the tuna went back until one that came in that Stephan decided to keep.  After slicing the gills to drain the blood he grabbed the heart. I was videotaping at this point to prove the quantity of fish that we were catching.  After minor taunting from Rigo, Stephan popped he heart into his mouth in hopes to change our luck to some other kind of fish. Yuck!!! (insert video)

I’m not sure if itwas because the consumption of the heart or maybe we entered a new area but all of the sudden the Dorado started to jump on our lines.  When we caught the first one we were so stoked!  Finally something other than tuna.  I think the count was over 30 at this point.  All tuna except one Skip Jacks (which we only used as bait, that failed).  Even though the fish fought and beat the hell out of Stephan we managed to get the fish in the cooler with the 5 plus other tuna we decided to keep.  After that it was nothing but Dorado until we finally pulled in the lines.  We figured we would never get to the anchorage at this rate.  Every 15 minutes or so we were slowing down the boat to either catch and release or catch and store.  It got to the point where it was just funny.  Our final catch count was 48.  We keep about a dozen tuna and 5 Dorado.

Once we got settled in Turtle Bay we announced that we had tons of tuna to give away in hopes that we could get all of this fish off our boat.  Heavy Metal was starting to look like a scene from a death metal video.  Blood everywhere!

31 Oct

Third Night at Sea

Published by Deborah

We've been out 3 days and 3 nights now and everyhing has gone pretty good.  The first morning out fishing Rigo caught a yellowtail tuna.  Stephan informs us that you must eat the heart of the fish for good luck fishing at sea.  Rigo was hesitant but eventually did chew up and eat the heart of a tuna.  Turns out this actually works.  So far we have caught 12 tuna and 2 skip fish.  We tried to use the skip fish as bait to catch something different.  Apparently the tuna knew about the heart and were drawn to Heavy Metal. 

Sleeping has of course been a challenge as even now I lay here in bed annoyed by the sound of the auto pilot and tossed side to side by the rolling waves.  Rigo has probably slept the least but has been enjoyingthe lifestyle at  sea.  Yesterday was our 11th anniversay and Stephan cooked a fancy chili over rice that we enjoyed with a glass of Merlot.  I can't imagine a better anniversay dinner on the Pacific Ocean with my family by my side and a servant to serve us.  (thank you Stephan)  We should arrive in Turtle Bay tomorrow some time.  It will be nice for a stop but I know we will not be there long.  We are not even half way to Cabo yet but it really doesn't matter. We are already home.  We are still adjusting to the ever changing lifestyle.  Studying has been a challenge but we have listened to a lot of interesting stories of growing up on a boat from Stephan and I fell like everything will be ok in the long run.

I have yet to figure out my new satellite phone and optimizer.  There are no instructions and having no internet access to research makes it really frustrating.  I hate technology sometimes.

30 Oct

Finally Left San Diego

Published by Deborah

Well we made it out of San Diego with our package and our Satellite phone activated. We even got our phones switched over to the Viva Mexico plan with AT&T. Although I am still a little unclear how this plan works. I can get AT&T network but I am unable to make any calls yet. I will wait until I get to land before I panic. Sometimes my network changes to Telcel, which is the Mexican network. Does that mean I will get charged if I try to dial within that network? I don't want to get stuck with a huge bill. AT&T is known for not being able to explain how their plans work. For now I'm not thinking about it because we have 4 days and 3 nights on the water until Turtle Bay.

We had some nice wind earlier today and some until 9pm or so. We tried to keep sailing but ended up turning the engine on around midnight. We picked up a crew person, Stephan. It has been nice to have someone else help out Rigo with stuff on deck. We even sailed our spinnaker for awhile today even though there is a hole in the middle of it. Nothing a little duck tape can't fix :). The weather is still cold at night but the days have been very warm and nice. This combination makes it very wet on the deck, sails and everything else around. I'm looking forward to seeing how tomorrow goes.


Desitiny is close behind in spite of their late start as well.

29 Oct

Baja Ha Ha starts today

Published by Deborah

The Baja Ha Ha rally starts in the morning and kicks off with a parade in the San Diego channel.  We still have 2 things outstanding that might hold us back from leaving.  The first one is the sim card has not been activated yet for our satellite phone.  This is our main source of weather.  We purchased the phone more than 5 days ago from the Satellite Phone Store in San Diego.  They are not open on weekends and the main office has been absolutely no help.  I don't know if we can get this activated y tomorrow or not.  We are VERY disappointed in the service of this store!  They knew our plans about leaving on Monday with the Baja Ha-Ha.  I really hope they come through for us in the morning.

The second problem is with UPS.  They were supposed to deliver a package to our friends business on Friday and they gave some excuse about not having the suite number which is completely rediculous since there is really only one business at the address they were delivering to. Rigo is going to try to pick up the package at the UPS office if he can find it.  The package has a bunch of spare filters and belts for both Heavy Metal and Destiny.

Speaking of Destiny, they are having there own issues with zinc delieries and leaking water hose.  Our friend from Flying Carpet is having engine trouble and doesn't look too good so far so we are taking on one of his crew members since he needs to get to Cabo to take a boat back from the rally.  Luckily for us this new crew member is the son of the guy who just installed our new compressors for our refrigeration so if we have any trouble with that we have someone on board to help us troubleshoot.

Hopefully we will be on our way soon.  When we do leave we will be offline for around 2 weeks so no updates on the website until we visit Telcel and get connected.

19 Oct

Making Water and Power!

Published by Deborah

New water maker installed and making water!

Solar Panels installed and working!

18 Oct

Wind hits Anchorage A9

Published by Deborah

After an awesome night of curry on Permanently Temporary, we returned back home thinking we would just go to sleep. Rigo fell asleep first and the kids played a little ps3 before heading to their bed. I was tired but not feeling great so I laid in bed trying to relax. Something seemed different though. The water was rustling on the stern and up the sugar scoop. I was a little annoyed by the sound it was making but didn't really think much of it until 15 minutes later when the wind went from nothing to 30 knots in a matter of seconds. What the f*** is that?

I jumped from the bed to check it out and moments later Rigo, the kids and everyone else at the anchorage was up. All of the boats stretched to their full length of their bow anchor and some boats even ended y Up right next to each other. Our tent immediately came down and everything came off the deck. I checked the weather and this wind was not really expected until tomorrow. So far everything is stable but we will see how the night plays out.