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Spirit -

Days 6 - 8 Squalls, sunshine and fish!

Satellite comms problems have prevented blog entries for past few days. During a heavy night on Saturday with high winds and large waves, a record speed of 21.1 KN was achieved with Dave at the helm. Exhaustion led to exhilaration when Stewart came into action and Ian landed our first fish! Still issues with rigging of jib which led to main sail being dropped before dusk. Jenny and Mike prepared Sunday roast - beef joint, Mediterranean vegetables, roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings covered with a rich dark gravy. Judging by satisfied silence and empty plates, consider this meal was a success! Then followed a long wet night with very heavy squalls, an electrical storm and sheet lightening. Established cause of head car ripping off main halyard track. Running under jib at 8KN. Plume of whale sighted. Quite a dramatic watch! Calm followed the storm and by midday enjoyed roast beef sandwiches lying on the deck in sunshine.

The following day, James caught a big fish - very colourful yellow and silver Dorade. Expertly gutted and straight into the oven baked by Jenny in garlic, lemon, ginger and white wine. Eaten 45 minutes later accompanied by by melon and mango salsa and freshly baked baguettes. Fish doesn't get served fresher than that! Just as we mopped up our plates, Alan caught another fish of similar size and colouring. No worries about provisions with such competent fishermen on board - and Stewart of course! More repairs to the mainsail while Mick entertained us with his Blues music - this is more like it! A moonlit night and myriad of stars to sail by at the end of a perfect day.


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