27.11.2010 More Fishing ~159nm
Another windless night. Here I am
sitting in the cockpit and contemplating the stories of seamen who got stuck in
this region before. One story that comes to my mind is the trip of Magellan. As
we know, although Columbus set out to find a shorter route to the Spice Islands
(roughly modern Indonesia) instead he bumped into America and this accidental
discovery made him famous for ever. Years passed by and the alternative route to
We had to motor a few hours during the night but the morning welcomed us with a fresh breeze and we had a wonderful day of sailing. After some discussions about our route and with some help from the wind we at last turned towards S/W. Encouraged by yesterday’s catch (the one that got away) we started to fish and in a couple of hours we were all called to task with the beautiful noise of a running reel. Just as our friend Jose, who kindly donated our lures, promised.
The men went into battle armed with gloves, a knife and a gaff while I grabbed the camera, slowed down the boat by furling the main and turning more downwind. Mark heroically grabbed the line and threw the fish onto the deck. Remember how the late Steve Erwin jumped onto the back of crocodiles? This is exactly what happened to this Mahi-Mahi. In a somewhat unorthodox way two guys somehow held the fish down while Mark cut its throat or rather the spine. Soon, we had our beautiful catch cleaned and Kynan offered to make a sashimi. Always an optimist, I purchased pickled ginger, Wasabi powder and soy sauce in the Japanese shop in Subiaco before our departure. I was secretly hoping for some lucky catch so as the time came I enthusiastically I pulled out my purchases that Kynan converted into a beautifully presented sashimi which tasted fantastic!
While savouring our good fortune
a fairly large bird landed on the radar and stayed with us grooming itself for
hours. It was fascinating to see how comfortable it was with us. We celebrated
with grilled fish and Canary potatoes and a bottle of crispy Vino Sol. We live
well on Fenix. I remember reading how surprised Ellen McAurthur, as a young
sailor, was when she sailed across the
What a wonderful day!! I did not even mind when the wind died as the clock stroke 12.00. Some more motoring. If sailor readers worry about all these “motorings” I can tell you that we log the time and there is a penalty formula that is used to calculate the racing time.
I started next morning with
downloading the weather reports and the news was really gloomy. No trade winds
for another week or two. Our only chance to do some sailing is to go close to
the two fronts that are generating gale force winds in the middle of the
Atlantic and use these N/NW winds to beat towards St Lucia. So, much about those
famous, reliable trade winds. Many of the ARC yachts instead decided to go to
Ps: Just learnt the wonderful news that our son Gavin and the gorgeous Susie Allia got engaged!