Jua Kali – ARC Race Blogs – Days 12 to 13 – Fishing, Repairs and Hygiene – There’s something fishy…
On the 30th November We landed our largest catch to date – a hearty Dorado of considerable size and clearly large enough to feed the crew with a healthy portion each.
The repair (Gorilla Tape) on our spinnaker has began to separate itself from the sail and has had to be taken down for further attention and reinforcement. Whilst the repairs were taking place we poled out the headsail in a “goose wing” set up whereby the headsail was to port and the main sail is to starboard and although a little slower than sailing under the spinnaker it allowed us to sail further downwind and aim more directly towards our final destination and taking the shorter distance.
Having had an mid Atlantic swim a few days ago, and using wet wipes as a means of cleaning oneself I have decided to take a shower today – a privilege – whereby we take sea water and wash ourselves with whatever shower gel is available, before being allowed 1.5 litres of fresh water (a highly valued commodity) to rinse and pour over ourselves. I eagerly await that fresh feeling, but question whether today is the right day to take advantage of the resource which each crew is permitted once on the voyage.