The Elkins Round-the-World Voyage

August 2, 2000

Pacific Ocean


Just a short note to let you know we are fine & the boat is doing well. Caught a nice 6 foot sailfish this afternoon, was a real fighter, but we were able to land it ok. You really have to be careful with these guys as their long nose is really dangerous. Will find out tomorrow if it's any good eating. Got a lot of meat out of that one, must be about 50-60 pounds.

We are currently at 14 degrees 45 minutes south- 157 degrees 45 minutes west. Have about three hundred more miles to go to Saworrow. We sail some, but have to motor some too, as the winds are really flaky at times. Some times we are doing 7-8 knots, then very little wind so we have to motor at about 5 knots, but we have plenty of fuel, so no worry's mate. Love Dan & Sandy


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Sailfish.jpg (9784 bytes) The Sailfish has a  high, wide dorsal fin, or sail, that is deep blue with black spots. The average length of a sailfish is 6 ft (180 cm). It is a rapid growing species, reaching 4 to 5 feet in a single year; it swims at speeds up to 50 knots; it feeds on the surface or at mid-depths on smaller pelagic fishes and squid.