Smells! Saturday 30th November 2005 UTC 20°05.6N 27°26.9W

Sun 1 Dec 2019 10:58
Chris' first words to me when I came on watch this morning were "I forgot how dangerous ocean sailing could be" He then asked me to smell his right shoulder. The statement immediately filled me with dread, the question just baffled me until he explained that out of the darkness and with no warning he was hit by a flying fish in the night. Thank God it wasn't me, I may well have shit myself.

The engine has now been running for 75+ hours and the fuel tank is pretty depleted, almost showing empty it missed a beat just before I came on as the boat rolls around and the intake runs dry. It appears that we have used the bulk of the 210 litres in the main tank in search of some wind. The first order of the day is to refill the tank by syphoning the 6 x 20 litre jerry cans into the main tank, without covering ourselves or the boat in diesel. On a rolling boat. In the middle of an ocean. Actually, we did quite well, but I could still smell the diesel for hours.

The last couple of days have been warm and pleasant (but for the absence of wind and have been punctuated only by the 4 or 5 pieces of ocean jetsom that we have passed: a coupe of fenders, a strange light in the night (a weather buoy, maybe?) A life jacket which floated past this afternoon (empty, thankfully!) However there was great excitement this afternoon (look away now, Cara) as we finally landed a Mahi Mahi/Dorado. Jeremy despatched it and I filleted it - it'll provide 2 or 3 good meals, the first of which we enjoyed this evening pan fried with coleslaw and potato salad - delicious! However after filleting it on deck, I was definitely glad we have the watermaker on board and I could yet again enjoy a shower!

I'm delighted to say the engine has gone off and we are sailing along at about 6 knots - I'm going to try and sleep!

D on the C with fresh fish in my belly!

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