Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Day 13 - Amazing

Moondance Stats:

LATITUDE: 04-32.13N; LONGITUDE: 127-17.59W
COURSE: 196T; SPEED: 4.8
24 HOURS RUN: 105m

And all is well aboard Moondance! We have been sailing for 2 days through the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) and it is truly amazing. All around us are these HUGE cumulus cloud formations filled with faces and characters from my imagination - I even saw the Wicked Witch of the West go by on her broom, plus all of the farms animals and Disney characters - very entertaining. Doug and Brian think that I am nuts for sure!

We have spent the last two days (and nights) sailing through these cloud formations, which quickly turn into huge squalls. So far, we have been very lucky and have only been doused by a few. 4 am this morning was one of those times! But, the water is warm, there are no big wind or big waves associated with these squalls (at least for now. They usually just give us some nice sailing winds and we get very wet. But, we are getting smarter and more prepared each time. We are minimizing how much we get wet and how long, so we are doing just fine.

We have been taking advantage of the warm, sunny days and drying out our belongings. Good thing no one is around - we look like a laundry mat!

Today, we finished up the last of our Yellow Fin Tuna - guess we need to catch some more! Doug made Poke for dinner. Here's the recipe - you are going to love it!

Maui Ahi Poke

o 2 lbs fresh ahi tuna
o 1 small round onion, julienne cut ( Maui Onions preferred)
o 3 green onions, diced
o 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated fresh ginger
o 3 finely diced garlic cloves
o 1/2 cup soy sauce
o 1 teaspoon sesame oil
o 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
o 1 teaspoon Chinese chili sauce ( Rooster Brand)
o 1 teaspoon hawaiian sea salt or 1 teaspoon kosher salt
1. Cut Ahi into at least 1/2" cubes - set aside & refrigerate.
2. Combine all other ingredients in a large glass bowl & refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
3. When ready to serve toss Ahi and other ingredients together.
4. Serve on chilled platter with chopsticks or toothpicks.

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Ana said...

In the days of no water makers we would get out on deck in a squall and pour shampooo in our hair only to have the squall move away before we were finished! Better get your clothes dry before you get to the Marquesas because it was rare to have things dry on the life lines. We once had Steve's undies out for a whole week!

Anonymous said...

We are coming for dinner,please have poke on the menu Love Dad