The Elkins Round-the-World Voyage

The Elkins Round-the-World Voyage

April 4, 2000

Pacific Ocean


Hi, well Dan says 22-23 days now that we have been at this. 03.38S 132.40W we saw whales yesterday after dinner. They are so majestic sleek and very big. They just glide through the water. I saw them spout 4 times then they moved along side us about 1 mile off the boat. I saw two maybe there were more. The sunsets are beautiful and so are the sunrises. About 11:00 last night we set the sails up and have been sailing since. Good 4.5K-5K pretty steady. Tucumcari (means earth bump) is closing in on us, they are only 10 miles from us or so. Will probably see them tomorrow.

Well another story, last night Dan spotted a fishing boat, he was coming right at us. We were sailing and watched the radar. We tried to hail him on the radio but no answer. Closer and closer he got. About 1.5 miles away Dan blasted the air horn 5 times to get his attention. It did something because it turned to miss us. But still didn't respond to the radio. This morning we saw a boat again. The same one. So Dan is starting to think maybe it is a pirate ship!!! So we go around the boat putting out knives and getting the flare gun ready just in case.

Seems it was only that fishing boat again. Well he had nearly run us down again. He came very close to our bow, turned right in front of us. I think we actually crossed his course. He was putting out a fishing net. We saw a glass ball with net on it. So as we where looking around,  there was another one. And we were right in the middle, crossing over it. Well we made it!!! But we did see him two more times today. I guess he is going back to pick up his catch. As we were close to the boat we tried to read stuff on it. Well it was in Japanese or something. There were some letters and numbers. We copied it just in case. So we are still here and sailing and the sun is shining and moving on. Till Later Sandy & Dan

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Whale.jpg (10347 bytes) The humpback whale is a baleen whale and a rorqual whale that sings amazing songs. It performs complex and cooperative feeding techniques. The humpback has a bulky head with bumpy protuberances (tubercles), each with a bristle. Humpbacks are acrobats of the ocean, breaching and
slapping the water. They live in pods and have 2 blowholes. The name humpback describes the motion it makes as it arches its back out of the water in preparation for a dive.