Please select your home edition
Edition
Leaderboard Q1 2023

Adventure of the Bounty Hunters - Sail the Solomons 2000

by Fletcher Christian on 26 May 2000
What a day, so the sailing conditions weren’t for fast racing but otherwise the weather was perfect. It was the sort of stuff that entices us Mexicans to spend all our hard-earned dollars up North. Bright sun, cloudless sky, flat blue seas. The fishing looked to be promising as we hooked a small mackerel just off Morton Island. Being gung ho racers as we are we did not want to lose speed by winding down the motor, (oops).
The fish had to be content with skipping across our wake like a smooth stone. This was our first mistake as we lost the fish, our second was to keep trying. We heard later that some of the boats had good catches, another old saying is 10 percent of the fishermen catch 90 percent of the fish, it sounded like these guys got their 90 percent alright.
The most improving aspect of the race is the weather. Balmy tropical nights, it’s a joy to sit outside and soak up the cool breeze and take in the starry firmament. We were also blessed with a full moon.

Sea birds abounded and it would be nice to see if we could identify some at a later stage. If we could not trouble the fish with our lure we did fool one silly gannet, luckily our lure was so long that it was able to have a taste and reject it without getting tangled in hooks. Terns not much bigger than the lure were also having a go fortunately with the same result.
The days began to get gradually warmer & more time to spend on sunning ourselves. At the start of the race we were still an underdone beige. There were other signs of climbing the latitudes than the flying fish. We started to see coconuts and we sent someone forward with a net in case we could catch one of the legal size but they started to take evasive action as no more came near the boat.

I just like to give you a picture of what you can expect on a voyage such as this. Picture sunset in the Coral Sea. Looking to the west you see a quarter of a deep orange orb in the midst of a moody frame of mauve clouds. Above is a fringe of cloud highlighted in pink. The sun then sinks ever so slowly into the indigo sea. The sun shrinks to a tiny orange speck and then nothing.

Related Articles

New Race Village venue for Charleston Race Week
Now on the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant Organizers of Charleston Race Week are excited to announce a new venue for the Regatta Village, coming up April 20-23, on the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point in Mt.
Posted on 3 Feb
Viking Marine DMYC Frostbite Series 2 day 5
Fast, furious and frenetic! Thankfully, the rescue teams supported the idea that we should try and get a race in and keep a weather eye on what the wind was doing as the afternoon progressed. And so, the ninth race of Series 2 of the Viking Marine sponsored Frostbites went ahead.
Posted on 3 Feb
Multi Dimensional Sustainabiity Programme report
Spanish-based climate initiative brings together experts from different sports As it has been since virtually the beginning of the circuit, sustainability was a central pillar of the 2022 season on the 52 SUPER SERIES which collaborated for the first time with multi-sport NGO Kick Out Plastic.
Posted on 3 Feb
The Ocean Race Leg 2 Day 10: Differing views
There is a split in opinion that is playing out on the race course Credit to GUYOT environnement - Team Europe who have regained the lead on the race tracker as well as their position as the most southerly boat in the fleet. In a race south, that's a good thing.... or is it?
Posted on 3 Feb
The first 2023 GWA Tour stop is on
Primary location will be at Mt Maunganui Main beach The Tip Top GWA Wingfoil World Cup presented by Armstrong Foils will run as part of the Waterbourne Beach Festival that also hosts lots of other fun activities and competitions for visitors to see or get involved with.
Posted on 3 Feb
Alton Water Frostbite Series Week 4
It's beginning to feel like pre-Covid times again, with great turnouts Yesterday it was Christmas and suddenly it's week 4 of this nine-week series, we're not sure how that happened. Week two was very much like week one, but even windier, so only the brave (or foolhardy) ventured out.
Posted on 3 Feb
2023 Melges 24 Worlds open for entries
Taking place at Middelfart, Denmark at the end of June GoSail Middelfart and the IM24CA announce the publication of the Notice of Race for the 2023 Melges 24 World Championship powered by the bunkering company Bunker One to be hosted in Middelfart from 24 June to 1 July 2023.
Posted on 3 Feb
America's Cup: Youth and Womens teams invited
Six teams have been confirmed and a further six invited to the Youth and Womens America's Cups Six teams have been confirmed, and a further six invited to the Youth and Womens America's Cups set to be staged during the competition for the 37th America's Cup in Barcelona, in October 2024.
Posted on 3 Feb
Pure Grenada Sailing Week day 3
A record-setting day on the course, after a relaxing lay day After a relaxing lay day on the tropical shores of Grenada, a northeasterly trade wind prevailed as boats gathered for a 9am start off the southern coast of Prickly Bay. Livelier winds with gusts of 20 knots were recorded.
Posted on 3 Feb
Multi-class open at Oxford preview
April event for Contender, D-One and K6 has new sponsor Oxford Sailing Club has partnered with Sailing Chandlery to sponsor the Club's multi class open meeting on 1 and 2 April this year.
Posted on 3 Feb