Position 07.33.330S 112.55.444W
Latest score is:
Fish 4 : Beaujolais 3* (1 x Black Fin
Tuna, 1 x Dorado)
* for explanation read on
The past few days have been a mixture of ups and
downs (no I am not referring to the waves, but then again they have been pretty
On the up side, Beaujolais has set a new speed
record....10.9kts (sog) and boat speed of 10.2kts. Admittedly we were flying the
cruising chute at the time. That was another of the ups, flying the chute for a
day and a night, we managed to make up a lot of lost ground, covering 162 miles
On the downside, the snuffer had shredded a couple
of the segments of the chute, plus the halyard had chaffed badly, so that put
paid to flying the chute.
Another of the ups was when Rob hooked a swordfish.
This fish was at least 65lbs. Rob and the fish fought for 50 minutes, the fish
diving deep and then running and surfacing then leaping into the air. Made good
video footage. But as we have no fridge, let alone a freezer, it would have been
a waste to bring it on board. Which was just as well, because it decided to
So one of the downs was losing 300ft of line and
one very nice lure. But because both participants had put up such a good fight,
we declared it a draw.
Then back on the downside, we have not caught any
fish (for eating) in 4 days. Rob hooked another big boy yesterday but it wasn't
having any of it, taking off with another 300ft of line and yet another lure.
The weather has been good, mainly sunny, but the
winds have been slowing our progress and all of the time made up with the
cruising chute had been lost.
Apart from that we are all well and in good
spirits, rations are holding up well, despite the best efforts of the sea to
spoil things. Like when I was making pizzas, I opened the oven to see how they
were doing and all the topping came flying off, splat, all over the oven
In a couple of hours we will have reached the half
way mark, which is a major milestone for us. Only 1,523 miles to