Sunday and a Night Sail

Trip Start Feb 25, 2008
Trip End Mar 24, 2008

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Sunday, March 2, 2008

Here's Amanda at the console -- video camera, GPS Chartplotter, wires and gear.

Today was Sunday, so the boat came a little later ( Sunday Mass). We completed a third pass on the island, decided we need to take points closer together. Came in about 3:00. At 4:30 we went for a sail on a small boat with a big sail and two outriggers, which had a fishnet webbing to sit on, feet dangling in the water. We sailed south to the end of the island, through the channel, past Cogban Jetty where the ferry boats come in from Caticlan. Then toward Crystal Coral (Cove?)and on to Cropcadile Island -- it looks like the head and nose of a croc, high then low to the water. I said I hope it does not open its mouth and swallow us. We tied to a mooring bouy and snorkeled. Well, Manda did. I used a mask, snorkel and flippers, but I kept getting a cramp in my calf, in addition to not being used to snorkeling and filling up the breathing tube with water. It was just after sunset, but I saw corals and fish below the boat. Amanda swam quite a distance, then magically was on the other side of the boat. On the way back we dropped off Julius on a gravelly beach (zoom fast approach up a steep pile of gravel) on Panay Island where he lives, then Palong, Janry, and Manda and I came back to Boracay in the dark. A fun fast sail, good size waves, very dark. Amazing how lit up the entire beachfront of Boracay is -- looks like Long Beach Island. No lights on the boats, so it was interesting to see sailboats crossing in front of us as dark shadow interrupting the beachfront. Had some misunderstanding about the price, but not a problem. In the future might be better pay in advance for xxx hours. On the way to dinner we stopped at Blue Mango Dive Shop to say hello to Manda's friends. I told a young lady named Kay that Kay is my wife's name, and proceeded to mention about CNN and the influence of USA -- Chad sitting beside her said he just read the same comment this morning. Seems he had received a notice about my travel journal and had been reading it. Quite a surprise! Better be careful what one says, never know who's listening. We had a good talk about diving and underwater video. They videotape their dive customers on their dives, then give them an edited DVD as a memory of their trip -- good idea -- good marketing. Dinner tonight was Hawaiian Hamberger (pinapple & cheese)-- good. First beef since leaving the US. So it was a good day and fun. Tomorrow more points and lipstick video.
More later -----------

PS -- About the Roosters crowing all night -- the first thing I said in the morning was:
"Anybody want Fried Chicken for breakfast?!"
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