Yesterday was an interesting day! we managed to hit the
eastern side of Cape Reinga before midnight, which was about the time that the
Autopilot (excuse the technical term) shit itself, and decided for the time
being to take the rest of the night off!! bloody union workers...plus at the
same time we were passing into the Tasman sea and it wasn’t good timing to say
the least, the last thing I needed to do was go into the yacht and start taking
electrical equipment apart in the early hours of the morning.....TIS (This is
Sailing!) so the boy’s and I will be hand steering until one of two things
happen 1/ I manage to fix it or 2/ I give the bloody thing a burial at sea and
we spend the next 1400 nms hand steering Doh!! I’m betting on it being
fixed but time will tell.
On a more upbeat matter the Engine is purring away like a
cat that’s got cream for life!, when we checked the fuel consumption it had only
used 40 litres after 26.3 hrs of continual use, very good considering we were
using it well. It may of been less but James threw 5 litres of diesel overboard
whilst trying to refill the tank. However in mitigation the sea’s were fairly
rough and it wasn’t an easier job for the two of them.
Leigh managed to catch three fish in the afternoon, the
first Tuna wasn’t worth going to the effort of filleting it, the next was a
Mackerel that decided he didn’t like the look of us and jumped back into the
sea, finally he landed a good size fish which will be tomorrows lunch, a good
result all things considered.
This is a special request from all the Guys on Johnny Be
Goode, Dana could you please let us know how the Tomatoes are going and we are
all really quite concerned that your paper is arriving on time! On the later
point if you are still having problems text the Sat phone on the boat and we
will call the person responsible......LOL
Everybody is in good health and spirits and at least two
of us are getting closer to home.
Mark, James and