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Tuesday 1 December – 14.49 GMT (12.49 Boat time)
18.49N 40.39W – 1200nm to go – 9.7 knots
Not two seconds after I write our speed down above, excited calls come from the aft cockpit…’10.4, 5, 6!’
We’ve just hit 10.6 knots under a reefed main and reefed genoa, no poles and the boys are getting quite excited. We’ve been making great speeds ever since we put the genoa back where it belongs, on the same side as the main. As one of the crew remarked: “that was about time, it’s taken us 7 days to get the sails set the right way, this is how it’s supposed to be, two bits of cloth both on the same side and none of those fancy poles or things!”
Noon to noon run has been about 193nm…
Yesterday afternoon, just before dinner we hit the halfway mark – as defined by the halfway longitude between Las Palmas and St Lucia (so not necessarily at halfway in time or in miles sailed, as that’s always going to be a guess), which called for a bit of a celebration, colorful garlands and all up on the dodger and lots of excitement going on.
A good meal of risotto with the Dorado (always tastes better when you catch it yourself) closed the celebrations and from now on it is counting down!
And it’s going fast as we’ve just passed the 1200nm to go mark…
This morning Barry the banana man took control. We’ve had our hand of bananas tied of from the radar pole at the back of the boat and Barry decided it was time for the remaining bananas on there to be taken off and eaten (Banana bread recipe anybody? Please send suggestions via the ‘Send the crew a message’ button on the website www.starchasersailing.com). It also meant we could commit the tree to the sea and Barry did so with much aplomb and a delivery worthy of the best Shakespearian actors: “Farewell bananas, we better not catch you!” while throwing it off the back of the boat….
Dzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, rattle rattle, fish rod rattle going…..surprise catch, a banana fish!
2 Mahi Mahi caught and eaten
1 small Mahi mahi caught and released
1 small Tuna caught and released
1 hand of bananas minus the bananas
Missing in the count so far:
1 large Tuna caught and eaten
1 large Blue Marlin caught and eaten
…..one can always hope….