January 17, 2010 9AM
Position 15°55' N 082°57' W
Miles sailed year to date: 270 nautical miles
Total miles sailed on LightSpeed: 2030
Last year (2009) we sailed 4050 nautical miles or about 4617 statute miles. About half of those miles were sailed on Pacifica and the other half aboard LightSpeed. 2009 began in the middle of the Straight of Florida and took us to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and Colombia. In the last 24 hours we've sailed about 180 nautical miles at an average speed of 7.6 knots. Not too bad considering we had a double reef in the main much of way and the max true wind speed was 15 knots, but mostly around 8-9 knot true. This boat really moves in light air.
Plan for the day:
Since the wind really shut down over night and this morning and the forecast calls for light winds the next 24 hours we have decided to stop at the Cayos Cajones (also know as the Hobbies). We have a few way points for an anchorage here and based on our current speed should arrive around noon with very settled conditions. Perfect for exploring a new anchorage in these shallow reef strewn waters where 'eye ball navigation' is the only option. We hear the reefs are spectacular so looking forward to a snorkel and some spear fishing this afternoon.
Speaking of fish we caught a Big Eye Tuna with yellow sides. Not exactly sure on the precise species.. it might just be a Big Eye? About 10lbs which is perfect for our nearly full refrigerator. Enjoyed some lightly seared tuna for dinner with wasabi last night.
Just getting around to send this email via the SSB radio (now 10:30AM) and we have just sighted two palm fringed islands and some breakng reefs that are the Cayos Cajones. The chart only shows some reefs and has few soundings so we are surprised to see Cayos (islands) with palms. It's days like this that you really feel like an adventurer/explorer finding new islands!