Wednesday, September 17, 2014

AMARA Update!

I got a great email from Martin today that I thought I would share with you all to give you an update on Amara and their current position.  Looks like they are getting closer to Mauritius, which means closer to internet!  It will be nice to finally be able to FaceTime with Martin.  He's been at sea way too long and we are really missing him these days... 


"All Is Well on AMARA

AMARA is currently 4 days from arriving in Mauritius.  We have been experiencing light winds and a mild sea today as we crossed the major shipping lane between South Africa and Singapore.  We saw 5 large ships today, the biggest being a gigantic 1200 feet long and 200 feet wide.  Thanks to our AIS (Automatic Identification System) we can see their ship details including their course and speed, and they can see us as a small sailboat.

On board we are currently well stocked with fresh Mahi Mahi and Yellowfin tuna, having caught 3 large Mahi Mahi the day before yesterday.  One fish was 30+ pounds.   In the calm sunny weather, we have been relaxing and each been doing a lot of reading.

The latest crew pastime seems to be to outdo each other in the kitchen. Yesterday David baked fresh bread and cooked up a Moroccan Fish Stew for dinner, while today Doug baked an apple pie, and John served up a Carrot Curry Cashew Soup with Mahi Mahi.  I'm on the hook for dinner tonight, and will be feeling the pressure.  We all are most grateful to Sue for creating all these great recipes in our AMARA cookbook.

The temperature has been getting noticeably cooler as we continue further south.  The shorts and tshirts are being exchanged for long pants and polar fleece. It is still 73 F, but it feels like 60 when you are sitting on watch for 3 hours in the wind.

Best to all,