Responded to a Sailboat Hit by Whale
We started the day with light wind. We have another four/five days to the destination. Today, I was motivated to cook since we no longer have home-made food. With a steady movement of the sea, I cooked like a storm making Chicken Pot Pie (Using Canned Chicken and Stuffing Mix), Chicken Salad, Cabbage with Sausage, Pineapple Cake, and Peanut Butter Cookies. When I was almost done with cooking, I heard someone announcing ‘Pan Pan’ (Pronounced ‘pahn-pahn’) on the VHF radio; it signifies an urgent communication indicating that the safety of the vessel or someone onboard is involved. John immediately responded to the person and found out that they had Whale Strike on their keel. Sharing each other’s GPS coordinates, we figured that they were about 26 nms away. We told them we will lower our sail and wait for their update while they inspect for possible damage on their boat. Two hours later, we confirmed that ‘All is fine with their boat.’ Once confirmed, we raised sail to enjoy more smooth downwind sailing.
Tuna Sashimi for Cats and Myself
While waiting for ‘Confirmation’ from the other boat, John rolled in the fishing reel. We caught a small Tuna yesterday and I froze it. Whenever we catch fish, one of the cats always gets excited and she eats Sashimi like crazy. There are some Asian foods that really don’t have much flavor by itself such as Tofu or Sashimi. The taste comes from the seasoning and other ingredients. For Sushi and Sashimi, I like the taste of Soy Sauce and Wasabi. For this event, I specially brought tubes of Korean Wasabi from Korea. It couldn’t have been better. John had a piece but gave up. All for me and my cats. Lucky us!
It’s never dull at sea. Here is hoping that we catch more fish but not a Whale Strike!
Kay Chung at N39.33/W43.26 on July 10, 2017 at 18:00 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time)