Day 7 – 29th November
Daily Run – 187nm
Distance Run – 1396nm
Crew aboard – Christian (Skipper), Pete (First Mate), Louise, George, Tristan, Florence & Elyse
Another peaceful day on the good sailing yacht Quokka. The conditions are really quite calm now. With winds predominantly 10-14 knots from 090 degrees, the sea is calm and the sky blue with the occasional thick puffy white cumulous cloud. Today was a day to ‘make hay while the sun shone’ so we took advantage of the calm conditions to have a thorough clean above and below deck. Salt water scrub on the decks and a sweep and anti-bac lemon wipe down below. A fresh smelling yacht and also washed my bedding so clean sheets for me
The calm and relaxing conditions were only interrupted once today with the fast ratchet of the fishing reel as something took the lure and disappeared into the deep blue water – 4km deep at present! After about 7-8 minutes of reeling in, there it was a bright green and blue Mahi-Mahi broke the surface30 feet behind the boat. The crew had mixed feelings, from excitement, hunter gatherer reflex and poor little fishy. None the less, fairly quickly I dispatched with it’s head, cleaned and popped Matthew the Mahi into foil and ziploc and into the fridge. We did a little dance to Poseidon and thanked him for our bountiful catch and licked our lips thinking about the Mahi fish and chips for tea tomorrow….
The forecast continues to suggest that heading South will provide us with more wind, so we are continuing on port gybe with the S4 (Mid weight symmetric spinnaker) flying day and night now. We have the spinnaker wrap net up which would avoid the spinnaker wrapping should things go wrong so we are feeling fairly comfortable. Another 5 knots of wind would be nice, but between this and too much we choose this. Boat speed is still 7-8 knots and we are sailing 230-250 degrees most of the time, so a touch South of the Rhumb line, but deliberately so.
As the Caribbean is 4hrs behind GMT today we did our first hour time change, so at 1200 we reset the ship clock to 1100. Another 3 of these over the next few days and we’ll be on the ‘Rum-O-Clock’ timezone by the time we reach St Lucia.
Crew profile 3: Today’s crew member profile is Elyse who was born in Quebec, Canada, so she’s got a slightly confused French-Canadian accent but more than makes up for it by being a brilliant cook
Elyse lives in Hamble in England with her boyfriend James who is currently skippering Northern Child on the ARC. Elyse started sailing just this September when together with James they took a crew from Portsmouth to St Tropez on Northern Child, so you could say that her sailing experience has been off the deep end. As a skipper I can tell you that Elyse has taken to life at sea like a duck to water and is a great upbeat part of the crew, always wanting to help and as I said a great cook, so we’re very happy to have her aboard. Elyse and James plan to start a yacht catering business next year after finishing this season on the water and based on the food we’ve tasted, are bound to be successful.
Well, it’s almost that time, sun down, navigation lights and lifejackets on, nightwatch, stars, moon and more miles towards St Lucia.
Sleep tight people…