Catch of the day!
Catch of the day!Report Abuse
Friday 27th November 15:45 GMT
21:50.7N 28:31.3W – 1899nm to go – Speed 7.7 knots
The astro navigation team of Andy and Keith continue their efforts but so far the rest of the crew are glad that the GPS system continues to work.
After a very pleasant curry on Thursday night, cooked by Barry and David, a few of the crew loitered up on deck without life jackets in the twilight to reflect on a pleasant day. This incurred the skipper’s wrath as he insists on lifejackets and safety lines at all times as soon as light starts to fall. Punishment remained to be determined but it was a timely safety reminder.
After the antics of RED watch the previous night the skipper set up the new nighttime sailing test. This involved three sails spread out nearly all in front of the mast that forced you to sail in a narrow band of 250 to 260 degrees with the wind moving around behind you. Some of us thought we were doing ok on this until one of the sails lost the wind and then cracked back as we found it again. This was followed by words of positive encouragement from the captain’s bedroom; he was supposed to be sleeping. Overall though we did not do too badly.
Morning brought a change of heart though and the sails were reduced to two. To join in the celebrations some flying fish leaped across the front of Star Chaser, one of them was later found knocked out after hitting the collapsed dinghy on the front of the deck. Photos of our first catch will be available soon.
The rest of the day passed slowly; the temperature rose, the sun shone. Eventually our first properly caught fish arrived, a small Dorado, now filleted and in the fridge, waiting to be served as lunch tomorrow.
Have to go now as someone has to slice the mushrooms for dinner tonight.