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Since David’s blog post we have had an exciting 48 hours. Yesterday I finally started slipping out of the at-sea funk. I had noticeably more energy, and was trying to build some pep and crew morale with a game of Uno and an indulgent meal – scalloped potatoes with canned ham. Recipe courtesy of The Boat Galley Cookbook.
Yesterday we also made the decision to turn north and bypass Bermuda to continue on to Halifax. The weather forecast shows that the light and confused winds up by the coast are expected to straighten out. While we may have to motor through some light winds as we approach Halifax, we’re ok with that. We have hardly used our engines.
This morning Thomas woke David up around 5 am or so, asking for help with a huge storm on the radar. The boys went to work, pulling down sails and zipping the boat up. I stayed in bed, and listened to the work and the rain. At 8 I got up and relieved the guys for my shift. I told David to get some sleep and not worry about being up on time for his noon- 4 shift, although I expect hunger and my promise of grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch will have them up before too long. The guys left me motor sailing with the genoa out. Once the rain passed, I pulled the genoa in, and maneuvered around to raise the main myself. Now we are sailing along under full main and genoa, about 7 knots. The sky has cleared and the swells are wide and smooth.
Tonight I am excited because I don’t have to cook! We have leftover salmon cakes and scalloped potatoes, so it’s a piece of cake for me.
I am quite discouraged with the fishing. We have had our Cuban Yo-Yo out every day, and no bites. Yesterday the lure disappeared so that’s something. I am reading Bumfuzzle right now, about a catamaran sailing around the world over 10 years ago. David’s read their blog through and through but I haven’t, so the read is a good one for me. Unfortunately I just got through a section where they caught and released three tuna in less than an hour! I’m starting to think there is a conspiracy going on. Perhaps there are no fish.
We will need to start the generator today and make water again, which means we’ll crank the air conditionings on too. Yet another thing to look forward to.