Sorry there have been no updates for the past few days but I have been recording everything so you can see what was going on while we were on Sea anchor and what we have been up to since we finally got going again.

Day 21

Today was a great day, after what was the worst night on board so far.  We got slammed by a big storm during the night, wind were up over Gale Force and probably gust force 9 most of the night with swell in the region of 7-8 meters.  James an I got seriously thrown around in the bow cabin and had a god laugh as we would in turn get flung across on to the other , apologizing all the time although the actions were completely out of our control.  Funniest of all must have been opening y eyes to look across at James and we both went airborne and levitated above our bunk for about 2 second before slamming back down as the next wave crashed in. It is probably the closest I will ever get to being in a zero gravity environment.

But finally after 124 hours (over 5 days) on sea anchor we finally got moving again at 1500, what a relief.  We also had a major morale boost as we caught 2 Derado fish.  They have been hanging out under the boat and we didn’t think our rubber lure would catch them but with some foil from our rations and a neat whipping I dressed up our lure to make it look nice and tasty.  So much so that Matt had the first fish on board after about 60 seconds and I had one hook before I even realized I had the hook in the water, like catching Mackerel back in the camber in Cobh.

The Derado are a nice big fish and after I gutted and filleted them we fried them up to give everybody a tasty fresh treat.  Surprising they also taste very like Mackerel.

Just as morale was  boosted we took our eye off the ball and a large wave crashed into the stern cabin shorting out the laptop charger an nearly toasting Mylene. Bit of the kick in the teeth but we were so glad to be moving again we didn’t let it get us down.

After a couple of hours drifting down wind and sorting out the boat, bailing the hatches and resorting the food rations we got back into rowing at 8pm and it was back to the 2 on 2 off grind, at last!


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