Day 8 - another 200nm!
Mon 4 Dec 2006 18:03
19 43.7N, 34 00.4W at 1800 on the 4th December
There really isn't that much to report today. We have left the rig as it was overnight and all day, continued to enjoy 15-22 knot trade winds and a large following sea and (just) managed another 200nm run in 24 hours. We were happy to gain 16 places on yesterdays noon fix and hope to add a few more when we get the results today. Life on board has become rather settled. We are all more or less able to get enough sleep, we have plenty to eat and (touch wood) the water maker is doing its stuff so we can shower and do laundry. While I was napping this afternoon, Colin and James claim they had a 1m dorado on the line, not once but twice! As we didn't stop the boat, unfortunately they both got off the hook when they surfaced near the boat. We are torn at the moment between the excitement of trying to catch "the big one" and a reluctance to furl the headsails too many times. The big genoa tends to furl up rather tightly on its light-weight furler and we do not want to get it jammed again as we did yesterday morning.
Apart from that we are all in good shape and enjoying the ride. It is amazing to think that we may simply end up sailing like this for the next 8 days! We are placing bets on whether we get there before Mandy and Tori - I think we will do it quite easily if the winds hold, but you never can tell with wind....
This is the Dorado that didn't get away...