Tue 24 Nov 2009 20:00
Another fine day's sailing. The wind dropped slightly overnight and mercifully the swell eased too so although we maintained our boat speed, the rock and roll show was more tolerable and allowed everyone a better night's sleep.The fishing rod saw its first action today as Dave trolled out a beautiful pink lure to the required 75metres. A mere 15 minutes later and Dave had a bite. The cable ties securing the rod holder to the guard rail all snapped and the rod disappeared overboard - saved only by the spectra with which it was tied on to the boat. The rod was recovered and Dave fought manfully for what seemed like minutes before landing a beautiful fish which we subsequently discovered was a dorado. Ed did his bit with the gaff and you probably do not need to know how the fish was dispatched save to say that it involved some cheap Spanish rum! Superchef Ed later rustled up Dorado Oriental - baked in the oven in foil with ginger, garlic, lemon juice and soy sauce and a delicious supper was enjoyed by us all.The recipe will appear in Ed's next book.
We're set for another good night with winds of 15 to 20 knots from ENE keeping us more or less on track for our mid-Atlantic waypoint. We can't look at the ARC website on board but the analysis of the first position reports puts us well up the field and certainly ahead of some of the big boats - early days but an encouraging start. More anon. 24/11/09.