" A LADY TRIP " Sailing around the World, (presently sailing from the Galapagos to the Marquesas Islands )
SATURDAY 13th MARCH 2010
The skipper slept in the cockpit again , There is less pressure on the right shoulder when sleeping there, and anyway the fresh air is terrific.
01.30hrs Aileen called Fats on deck for watch duties,
05.30 hrs the skipper took over watch, good breeze from the SE at 19 / 20 knots, but the current was not as strong as it was.
Still concerned that the SSB radio is not working properly, we examine the cable on the backstay, this cable connects the ariel
on the backstay to the SSB tuning box in the Lazerette, we discover black tape rapped around the cable abouy 2 feet above the deck,
We removed the tape to discover that the cable had been damaged at some point and someone covered up the damage with tape.
Of course the inside of the cable is completly rotten, its a wonder we get any reception at all.
However we cant do anything about that untill we get to " Papetee" the capitol of Tahiti,
During the night , 27 flying fish landed on the deck ,plus 2 squid, that is a record for us,
Flying fish around here are like Starlings at home, we see them flying around all day.
Today was just wonderfull, Lovely breeze, blue seas, clear blue skies, and the cats me Aunt,
Again we just relaxed and read books, napped and snacked,
No booze, just snooze,
19.00hrs Aileen did the dinner, Chicken curry and rice, very , very, tasty,
Night watches :- Aileen............ 21.00hrs to 00.00hrs
Skipper.............00.00hrs to 04.30hrs
Fats.................04.30hrs to 09.00hrs
23.00hrs We passed 3 trawlers, possibly tuna fishing and possibly Japaneese, It was dark and difficult to make out.
Thats it for now,
Signed:- Stephen Hyde ( Skipper )