Fishing Line Deployed – Wing and Wing Configuration – MW Morpheus Log Day 3 -11/23 4:00 PM Ship Time

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Miles Traveled:498

Miles To Go (to Antigua): 2,190

Heading: 260

Average Speed: 10 knots heeling to Port on a Starboard tack

Fastest Ride so Far: Kim with 15.3 knots on Nov 23 beating her own record

Butter Indicator: Not Melted

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Full moon on the night watch was spectacular. Captain Jim caught the moon setting and sun rising on his watch.

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Weather is beautiful. Sunscreen on but not too hot. Sunshine, puffy clouds, and big blue rolling swells. On my 5 AM watch, I saw another vessel for the first time since leaving Tenerife. A cargo ship passed about 2 miles behind us and on a heading parallel but more southerly than ours. It’s lights were visible most of my watch.

The sail reefs were let back out to catch as much breeze as we can, and the path of least resistance has us sailing almost due west. As a consequence, that butter may never melt (see previous post). In an effort to have both a happy boat and a boat sailing in a more southerly direction, Jim reconfigured the Main and Jib in a “Wing and Wing” configuration. Doug, who is almost as old as me, and (unlike me) has been sailing his entire life, says the last time he saw this configuration was at the “Ray Wallace School of Sailing” when he was eight years old.

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We set up our fishing rig and are currently dragging a cedar plug about 35 meters behind the boat.

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I’d like to stress that today was a fishing gear setup and familiarization day. It was not our intent to to catch fish today and, so far, our plan is working out perfectly. I may also plan on not catching fish tomorrow with a deeper diving rapala lure.

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Leftover Turkey sandwiches today for lunch and Lasagna tonight.

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Imagine if you will a photo of the sun and orange lined clouds peeking between the “Wing and Wing” as we sail into the setting sun. Someday you will see that photograph posted here. [UPDATE: Photos

at top of post and below.]

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Thought of the Day:

Today is 11/23. At 11:23 PM – the 23rd minute of the 23rd hour – Morpheus will be at 23 degrees North and 23 degrees West. Michael Jordan’s number is 23, and Jim Carrey starred in a movie entitled “23” about weird 23 synchronistic coincidences. Make of that what you will.

All is well. – mw

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My intent is to cross-post daily logs to MW Mobile Blog and Jim & Deb’s Morpheus Sailing Blog from SailMail while en-route. Due to the technology limitations, these will be short, text-only posts. I’ll backfill pictures and video once I am home again. Eventually.

PostScript – As a courtesy I give all on-board an opportunity to add comments here on the bottom of post prior to transmission if they so desire:

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