05:50.8S 96:45.7W 512 miles
Each leg there is a special prize for answering a
question about the leg. We won the prize for leg 1, correctly guessing how
many miles we saved by going through the Panama canal instead of round Cape
Horn. Trompeta guessed right on the total age of all crew members in
leg 2. The question for this leg is the total number of fish that will be
caught (and landed) by all boats.
Last night, in the radio net, Sapphire mentioned
that a flying fish had flown in through a hatch and hit someone on the head
while they were in bed. This triggered an animated discussion as to
whether this counts as a landed fish for the competition. In particular,
catamarans have very effective flying fish nets between our hulls and we
catch one or two most nights, so if the three cats report 45 flying fish caught
then it will significantly skew the numbers for the competition.
The conclusion was that flying fish should only
count if they were kept to be eaten (flying fish are a delicacy in the
Caribbean). This was then modified to allow counting flying fish that are
caught between your teeth. So here is our
first flying fish to be counted.