Day 8 Kites and Fishing
Mon 10 Mar 2014 05:20
Sunday 8th March 2014
Our morning catch gleaned from the decks after a night of bombardment. I wanted to make a nice stew with them, after all it is the national dish of Barbados so can't be bad, however they all had to be thrown away as Andrew started vomiting over the rail and Harry dashed off to bed with a hankie over his nose. Anyway I fried up the little squid for a private cooked breakfast, very tasty.
Lots of wind today, in fact 5 clothes pegs, so we flew our feisty little kite and clawed our way back up the fleet a bit. Our route is all a trade off and a gamble, do we keep west hoping to cash in on the favourable current or head farther south where the winds have been much stronger the past few days but less current? We decided on the former and were gutted this morning to find the other two Discovery's were ahead of us…..aaaagh and they don't even put their spray hoods down, the humiliation ! We kept up a good speed all day doing really well with great SOG's of 11, but then there's the fishing line…..
Weeeeeeeee it suddenly screams out the back, all hands on deck - the kite has to come down quick so we can slow the boat to reel in the fish. Imo on the helm, Harry on the rod and Team Lax on the fore deck. Alistair, all muscle, hauling on the line while his parents exchange divorce papers struggling with this great flapping thing and trying not to fall overboard (MOB - Ed) Sitting on it with bruised and wet bums we cheer ourselves at the thought of all that sashimi and wasabi paste. Then the wretched fish gets away. This happens not just once today but twice, first fish kindly spat out the lure but the last one just broke the line. All very frustrating, Any tips ?
The swell has been getting up and we re surfing down the waves, great when up on deck but roly poly below. Back to the bouncy kitchen and falling into the cupboard with your knickers half on. Still tomorrow we should be celebrating half way, I am off to prepare some fun and games to play.
Alistair has prepared a play list for his Dad for night watch listening, bless!