July 08, 2012
Position at 1000, Sunday 8th July.
..over the phone. “Won’t you come to tea? I am dining alone.”
That’s how I remembered the poem taught in primary school days. I recalled those lines as I picked up my first flying fish off the deck. Unfortunately, unlike the Armchair Sailing books I have read, it didn’t go into the frying pan as the fish was dried and only 5 cms long.
Yesterday was the first day that I started to spot flying fish.
What is interesting is that almost 200 miles off the coast there are varieties of albatross or petrel skimming the waves and glidng along apparently effortlessly.
As I write I am on course of 335degrees and travelling at 6.3 knots with an Easterly wind of around 10 knots. It’s a change from the crashing and slatting of sails that I have had over the past few days. It seemed that SHADOW would go along and then be tripped caus9ng the sails to bang and flay about and the boat would rock up and down.
So with better conditions, that is why I have the fishing line trailing from the stern – frying pan ready – potatoes ALMOST peeled…
The ARIES wind vane is not right and if/when I am becalmed at some stage I will be looking at making it work more freely. I believe the new part I had made is a fraction too long and needs to be filed down.
The Trusty Oil Can (the “T” will not need to be removed as I describe this) has been put to use a number of times. I may even be close to needing to re-fill it. I am however, relying on the electronic autopilot at the moment as the ARIES wanders around too much. Hey, I have enough miles to cover without any unnecessary increase!
Yesterday I didn’t make much progress, in terms of distance, but was busy all day doing things. The solar panels are now deployed on deck and I am doing more fishing…namely trying to retrieve the end of a broken wire inside the mast. That is a problem caused when the staysail halyard parted (rope for the second sail at the front) before Geraldton.
Pleasant sailing conditions mean that I can have the portholes open and air the boat. I have to swap from wearing a T shirt as it feels too hot. A good sign. (Very soon, Sis, I’ll be breaking out the Kokoda shirts!)
“How is the pineapple fruit cake which Jean made?” you may ask.
I am on STRICTRATIONING of half a piece a day because it ia so delicious and I have the type of personality that would want to eat it ALL nearly at once.
So back to the fishing – well,in the mast at least.
I’m gonna get that little wire sooner or later!
And a tuna please, or I’ll settle for a bonito as Mrs Chan used to cook them like a Dream when I used to watch her cooking in Lumut, Malaysia days – not too big and NOT in a can.