The Ocean Trigger has a really tough skin - making it often a tough fish to spear. Cleaning it is equally challenging for the same reason. But Michael managed to get two very nice filets off the fish - plenty for dinner (and leftovers).
It's gotten quite windy here in the Eastern Holandes - and the seas have kicked up outside the reef. Even in the anchorage it is a bit "noisy" with waves slapping against the hull all day and night. Snorkeling options also get cut down when the wind picks up - so we headed to a reef protected by an island for yesterday's fish catching and snorkeling trip. A tiny fish adopted Barbara and swam with her the entire time - and whenever she stopped to explore a coral outcropping - it would swim in front of her face mask as if asking what the hold-up was.
After a nice snorkel we had a nice evening aboard Astarte with Lili and Otto from Vagabond and a tasty "Mexican" feast. It was good to reconnect with them after spending some time with this South African boat in Curacao.
This morning was yoga in paradise - a windy day but a perfect setting to stretch those muscles. The island this time was filled with students from a large three-masted German boat - the Thor Hyerdahl. They camped out on the island the night before with hammocks strung between the palm trees and a few tents. They were still there and a few even joined in on the yoga session. The boat came into the anchorage a few days ago at sunrise and was quite a magnificent sight. It's a beautiful dark hulled boat and looks like it's right out of the movies like "Master and Commander" or "Mutiny on the Bounty."
2009 is nearing its end…and it'll end with a full moon. Cool.
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