Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Mahi Mahi

A scientific survey of the feeding habits of fishes in the Pacific
should show that they feed exactly at the same time as the humans.
Once again, with the pressure cooker on the stove, table set and the
crew ready to start having lunch, the fishing line got bussing again.
This time, coordination was a little better. I rolled the genoa and
dropped the main sail while Jean-Francois and Claude took care of the fish.
Once sails were dropped, I started the motor to maintain a minimum speed
and in not time the fish was in the cockpit. It had happened so fast
that I did not even have time to reach for the cherry liquor and the
last drink of the fish this time was a liquor of rasberry. It turned out
to be a Mahi-Mahi 46 inches long. Jean-Francois reckons that it weighed
about 10 pounds.
Meanwhile, since last night, we only have a weak and sick wind with no
strength at all although fortunately still on the beam. So, for the
day, we dont' have much to show for it. Closing by 113 miles on the
target, having covered 115 miles over the ground and 119 through the
water. We could do without this current, even if it is not all that strong.
All forecast call for improvement in the strength of the wind, so we
still expect to get to Noumea on the 29.

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