Monday. Banging to windward all day
and night, very uncomfortable, not much sleep in the forepeak.
Caught another fish during the day, another Bonito about 6 kilos. During the
excitement Joel had an accident. While trying to sort out the fish on the
rolling afterdeck he lost his balance and butted the outboard engine, which is
fixed to the rail, badly gashing his head. Blood everywhere. Fortunately
we have a trained nurse onboard who soon had the situation bandaged. Poor Joel
looked like Old Mother Hubbard with the bandage under his chin, later modified
into a more manly looking skull pad and bandage.
Tuesday. Wind on the nose all day,
steering 85 degrees when we need 55. Sometime during the night it slowly
went round more to the west enabling us to correct our course and head for
home. Very cold when the sun is hidden. Spotting lots of Whales blowing in
the distance but none close enough to see.
Wednesday. Wind now abeam and
the sea a bit more settled, making good time and in the right direction.
Kind folks at home are sending weather forecasts which are quite accurate,
promising this fair wind for another couple of days. A big low is brewing
somewhere out in the ocean far to the west of us but by the time it arrives
we should be either in the Scillies or within spitting distance of Falmouth.
I have to say that the last
couple of days has been a trial for me, banging and crashing to windward without
much sleep tends to be very wearing. Spirits remain high on the whole, the
Pink Panther is doing his stuff keeping the crew motivated and happy. The grub
has lasted well, Sue and Richard have been taking turns preparing the mid
day meal. I like the Sue days best, vinaigrette and Garlic tend to leave an
aftertaste. We had fried Tuna compliments of Richard, bit red
in the middle, but ok. Also a Tuna grillae, good.
A fish pie and soup by
Sue, very nice. Some fresh
sushi was passed around by I let the plate go by, coincidentally I'm sure, but
Richard was sick during that night ? As I write 2.30pm Wednesday we are at
45.49N 12.56W 362 miles from Scilly. Scilly
co-ordinates are 49.55N 6.19W. For the non sailors,
one degree is about 60
miles. The wind has just dropped to zero, what
Never a dull
moment. All well.