Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th
At last we (or really Toby) have caught some fish!! More
about this in a minute.
We’ve had a slight improvement on the wind front and
for the last 48 hours have had 10 – 15kts from the ENE. The wind strength
varies throughout the day, so we’ve been changing between the twin
headsails and the spinnaker during the day when the wind is below 14 kts.
We still haven’t seen or spoken to any other yachts,
but we did see a ship a couple of nights ago. It was Rogers turn to keep
them talking on the VHF, but unfortunately either his Irish charm didn’t
work, or the officer of the watch didn’t speak English as it was a very
Our most exciting news is on the fishing front. Toby
was desperately upset on Saturday night having hooked a massive Tuna. We
hauled it in to the back of the boat, but it broke his 100lb steal trace line
as we tried to get it on deck. It got away and took Toby’s favourite
floating Rapala Magnum lure with it. It was probably just as well as it
was a big brute about 1m long and we’re not sure how we would have
But Saturdays disappointment turned into a double success yesterday.
At lunch time we (Toby) caught and landed a small Dorado, which he swiftly
gutted and was in the oven for lunch within 15 mins of being caught. Toby
was beside himself with excitement for not only catching his first fish, but
for gutting it and getting it to the table so quickly.
And then, in the evening just as the sun was about to set
and we were dropping the spinnaker Toby landed another Dorado, but this time
much bigger at 2.5 lbs. Needless to say it went straight into the oven
Toby’s 2nd Dorado
Toby now claims he’ll ‘fish Dorado to order’,
but is still after the elusive Tuna – let’s hope it’s a bit
smaller than the one that got away!
We still have just under 1600 miles to go and we still don’t
have proper trade winds, but we do have fresh fish for dinner so at least some
things are improving!
Position at 1000utc 6/12/10
Wind: 075T 16kt