" A LADY TRIP" Sailing around the World, ( presently sailing south in the Pacific towards the Equator and Equidor)

A Lady
Stephen Hyde
Wed 10 Feb 2010 12:01
We forgot to mention the fish we never saw yesterday.It must have been massive, cause when he grabbed the bait, the rod nearly broke
under the strain, Skipper tried to take the rod out of the holder to reel him in, but failed , then tried to reel him in while the rod was still
in the holder, but failed again, then after 10 minutes  SNAP, and the bugger was gone plus half the line and the lure as well.
The one that got away.
00.00hrs ( midnight ) Kevin came on watch and relieved the Skipper, We are basically going through what is known as the " I.T.C.Z "
( Inter Tropical Convergence Zone ) Known to us going to school hundreds of years ago as " The Doldrom's"
It means for us , light variable winds or no wind, and seering heat.
04.00hrs Fat's and Aileen took over watch till 08.00hrs and had nothing to report, other than a couple of fishing boats.
09.00hrs The skipper found a small little bird on the chart table, obviously damaged or bruised having managed to negoiate his way
onto the chart table without anyone on watch notice him,
He looked like a swallow , but had long legs and webbed feet, real cute. we put him on the aft deck, but he managed to make his way down
under the cockpit table and parked himself for the day.
Amazing thing. we got lots of emails regarding the resignation of George Lee from F.G.  A sad day For F.G. in political terms.
Its great to be away from all that stuff.
09.00hrs Fats made contact with a number of fellow yachts on our trip, but the radio still acting up.
Later the skipper got the tools out and eventually fixed the pissy little leaks in the watermaker.and Fat's set up the rod again for another
shot at fishing.
13.00 Lunch consisted of last night's left over beans on toast, prepared by Kevin ( a first) However there is no way we can turn
him into a gourmet chef. just no way...
15.30hrs, We came across fishermen in a 20' timber fishing boat, they were long line fishing 30 miles off shore in that little boat,
anyway they asked for water so we gave them a litre bottle and they were real happy with that.
We had lots of showers during the day, plenty of clouds that looked threatning everywhere.
but thats to be expected here in this region, This mixed with bits of stress dished up now and then made for a shit day overall.
Kevin and the skipper tidied up some things from the stb, cabin and put them into the " Lazerette" phew!
17.00hrs, Our visitor ( the bird ) regained his energy and flew off into the fading sunlight. ahhhhhh, skip was sorry to see him go.but thats life.... 
18.00 hrs Still sailing along , but progress was very slow we wereonly making 4.5 knots in a light breeze on the nose.and a
foul tide of 1 knot to boot.
19.30hrs Fats made the dinner , The second half of the stew we had a few nights ago, plus some pasta.
The night shifts :-   21.00  to 00.00hrs............Kevin
                            00.00  to 04.00hrs............Aileen and Fats
                            04.00  to 08.00hrs............Skipper ( Stephen)
During the first watch, we had some amusing incidents, projected heavy showers on the radar, plus wind shifts causing piroutes
and then Alarms going off in the computer, It was just that kind of day..
Signed .. Stephen Hyde, ( skipper)