Perhaps we are suffering from the same doubts as others.
It has been said of Columbus that he did not know where he was going, did
not now where he had been, and did it all on borrowed money Perhaps a few others
in the fleet may be able to identify with two out of three of those
He, Columbus, managed to cross in 21 days on at least one of his passages-
no GRIBS, no GPS, no water makers, and with crew who had been ‘pressed’.
It also seems that his route was to sail SW and once at 20 degrees North to
then change to the course of his destination.
As this is being typed (Thursday the 2nd at 16.00 hrs) we are still going
in a SW direction at 15 degrees North.
On Saturday the 27th we motored for some time during the day but by evening
the wind changed to a force 5 SW and with very confused seas.
We then suffered an invasion of flying fish. Perhaps 8 or more found there
way into the cockpit and one heroic individual actually left his mark on the
boom cover. He must have been the ‘shuttle fish’ version! Anyway he did
not actually make it into the boom cover and must have suffered a ghastly
On Monday morning we had two tucks in the main and the genoa well reefed
with the staysail performing well to give us stability. A decision was
made to change to Starboard tack on Sunday night but during the night we were
crossed by a super yacht going South. Simon had difficulty in identifying him as
he had two white lights and with navigation lights which were difficult to see.
As he wasn’t sure we tacked and then called him up and he said he was going
South to avoid the heavy weather.
This was a turning point for us as we had been undecided whether to
turn to the West at that stage. Thankfully we believe it was the right decision
as the Trades seem to be blowing at 13 degrees and there was a big ‘hole’ in the
winds to the West.
On Monday Conor and Henry had another swim off the back – water temperature
was 26 degrees.
Sea life has not been so evident. 2 very tasty Mahi Mahi (Dorade) and one
yellow fin tuna caught and consumed and helped to lift spirits.Simon’s lure
purchased in Las Palmas seems to be the weapon of choice – or perhaps it is the
way he prepares it.
Spirits incidentally employed to ‘stun’ the fish by pouring liberal glass
of Scotch into the gills of the fish – although Conor was observed to be
secretly imbibing such amounts as remained in the glass after each fish
Shearwaters appeared today for first time and petrels seem to be around for
most of the time.
Luminous green lights can be seen under the water occasionally at night and
when strong light shined into the water – are they simply plankton like or are
they squid or similar?
Marion gave us Beef for supper last night. I didn’t see Simon catch that
Henry celebrated his birthday in style on the good ship ‘Toucan’. Photos to
follow. Marion managed to find flags, balloons, candles, party poppers, cake,
Both Simon’s and Henry’s beards now looking the part. All that is missing
now is the peg leg, hook and eye patch
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