220 nautical miles and only a few hours sailing in the late afternoon, evening
of the second day. About 46 hours, with the motor on for at least 40, the crew
was contemplating mutiny.
The plus to
flat calm seas was that we saw 19 turtles on the first day and 30 turtles on
the second. I am guessing hawksbill or green, especially green, because some
were very big. No photos because when they are close they quickly give you an
indignant look and sink down out of sight and far away they really do not show
|A hazy dawn landfall near Ixtapa|
Manzanillo and Lazaro Cardenas are large container ports so we saw several
freighters and a couple of cruise ships. We were just northwest of Lazaro
Cardenas as the second day turned to night and the wind reduced so our speed and manoeuverability also reduced.
We do not
usually call freighters on the radio. We watch them intently on the AIS, the
radar and visually and always take early evasive action, so we never have felt the
need to get on the radio. While we do not have an AIS transmitter, we do have
an Echo Max radar reflector as well as an earlier tubular model but I never
assume we are seen, I am very attentive when I see big ships doing 18+ knots.
The AIS receiver is great because you do get the name of the ships passing. I
am certain that a lot of the old day’s radio calls to “ship on my bow” went
unanswered because no one had any identity. Last night after listening to the
Clifford Maersk, approaching from our port stern quarter, radioing the
Jian Hua, approaching from our starboard bow, requesting that they would do a starboard to starboard
passing, I became very attentive. The
Jian Hua confirmed they would accommodate this passage because the Clifford
Maersk was on the shore side and did not have much manoeuverability.
mean the Jian Hua would be closer to us than the Clifford Maersk in their
alignment. The issue I had was that the course the Clifford was on already
showed them with a 0.78 NM CPA (closest point of approach) to us travelling at
12.4 Knots. Where was the Jian Hua, moving at 18.2 Knots, planning on
travelling? Time to break the radio silence,
Maersk, Clifford Maersk, sailing vessel Kanilela – over”
Clifford Maersk over”
“We are a
sailing vessel under sail 2.4 miles off your starboard bow, your present CPA
shows you at 0.78 miles in 7 minutes. We do not have an AIS transmitter, do you
see us on radar or visual?”
hesitation…. “Yes, Kanilela we have you on radar and will pass on your port
Sir, have a good evening”
“And you too
the one that is closest looked after, but he wasn’t the greatest concern.
Jian Hua, sailing vessel Kanilela – over” long pause, no answer.
Jian Hua, sailing vessel Kanilela – over” another long pause finally….
Jian Hua over”
“We are a
sailing vessel 4.9 miles off your port bow with TCPA (time to closest point of
approach) of 9 minutes. We do not transmit AIS. Do you see us on radar or
After a long pause
Jian Hua, have a good evening”
ships passed in the night, one distinctly smaller than the other two.