Thursday 28th January, '10
Waves of approx 15' during the night, winds 25 - 30 knots, black clouds,
but a full moon so some light. Did wonder sometimes whether the wave rearing up
behind us would break over us or lift us up, but of course it did lift us up and
we surfed down, the odd rough one would catch us on our quarter and get us a bit
wet. I awoke at 7am to hear the fishing line running, rushed up on deck to
find J on his own. Took the wheel, brought her up into wind to slow her
down and kept her like that whilst J reeled in all the line which had run out
fully on the end of which was a 30 lb Dorado. Back on course heading
for our next way point just outside the reef, when J did an involunatary gybe
and broke the shackle of the main sheet. So back up into wind in what was
still a pretty rough sea whilst he fixed a temporary line to keep the boom in,
dropped the main and motored in towards the reef. That was the third thing
that happened so with luck no more.
Eventually arrived, using the waypoints J had put in, off Achutupu where we
dropped anchor. Janice and Tony, J's sister and brother-in-law, arrived
just as we had dropped anchor, brought over from the airprot on the mainland in
a dug out canoe; sadly I didn't get a 'photo.
Jonathan sat on the aft deck filleting the Dorado and has given a fisherman
the head and tail in exchange for some lobster which he said he would deliver
tomorrow morning.,We will see. I have just made some ceviche sauce to
marinade some of the Dorado chunks in, the lime will cook it, so that will be
our starter tonight before Dorado steaks.
Visited the village this afternoon for a walk, the head man was not there
so we were not asked for any money to pay the 'visitors tax'. Lots of very
excited children and ladies in traditional dress, with beads, like socks around
their legs in intricate patterns, rings through their noses and blouses with
intricate mola work. They displayed some Molas for us so have bought a
couple to take home as did Janice. The flag poles were great fun, bamboo
poles with upturned plastic bottles with a handle on to act as the pulley.
I sugggested to J that we had one at the top of our mast instead
of the shepherds crook.
Lots of bamboo and grass huts in compounds surrounded by bamboo
fencing. Sadly they are leaving their plastic rubbish just floating in the
lagoon so it is not very clean. The dugout canoes with sails made with
whatever cloth they can get hold of are fantastic, very fast. They use them as
transport between the islands and fishing out to the outer reef. The
trade wind in here is still very strong, it is grey and cloudy and we even had a
touch of rain, but it is warm. It is good to be in shelter from the raging sea
outside. Tomorrow we plan to pick our way up the inside of the reef to
some other islands, eventually joining some of the other Blue Water Rally yachts
at Porvenir, but better than trying to sail straight up there with the huge sea
hitting us side on.