08/05/2017 – An interesting day!

The 24 hours from noon Sunday to noon Monday presented us with a few challenges. From a sailing point of view, the wind held through to about 0600 when it began to drop a little. From 0900 to noon it also veered, bringing the wind further behind us. The problem with this is that the mainsail blanks the genoa which cannot draw properly, causing the genoa to lose the plot and flap idly! This, of course, affects the speed. The day’s statistics make good reading for a boat of our size. Overall, the day’s run was 166nM, an average of a hair’s breadth under 7 knots. This average includes the last 6 hours when we only managed 38nM, a 6.33knot average. Tomorrows figures are likely to be bad. ..... ..... We are occasional fishermen, i.e. when one of us thinks about putting a lure in the water. John put in a bright pink lure during the afternoon and more or less forgot about it. About 5 minutes before the dinner was due out of the oven his reel screeched and something big made away with his lure. John slowly tightened the drag, allowing the fish to run a bit, stop, try again etc. In the end he decided to leave the fish on the line while we had dinner. When he finally managed to pull the fish alongside we discovered a beautiful 3’6” – 4’0” long Marlin. What to do with it? It was far too big for us, it hadn’t finished fighting and it had an evil looking bill. We decided we had to let it go, but how? Eventually John lifted him out of the water, still on the rod, and we cut the wire trace. The hook should rust through pretty quickly and it shouldn’t affect the fish’s ability to feed. While this was going on we headed up to wind, allowing the sails to slat and consequently reduced our speed to 3 knots. It was, however, in a good cause. ..... ..... Lunch on Sunday was open sandwiches with Proscuito, ham, cheddar, camembert and a blue cheese, not altogether on the same slice in case you are wondering! Dinner was pan roasted stuffed chicken thighs, roast potatoes, pumpkin, carrots and tomatoes. As a treat I had bought, and hidden, two slices of Georgia Pecan Pie. It wasn’t quite as sweet and sticky as the Minnesota version I remember. ..... ..... As you can see, not a lot happened yesterday though it is worth saying that the wall to wall sunshine kept up our energy demands until sunset. Today there has been no sun so we have run the little generator for three hours, now we are running the main engine in neutral because that will give us a tank of hot water. ..... ..... Joyce

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