Sunday, August 12, 2007 - Day 1 of Passage: Smooth Sailing
12 August 2007 | En Route to Suwarrow Atoll, Northern Cook Islands
The wind has been consistently at 12-15 knots making for pleasant sailing and adequate speed to make Suwarrow by Tuesday. The noon- to-noon distance was 121 miles for an average speed of 5.0 kts. The sea is a bit lumpy but not uncomfortable as long as I maintain boat speed to minimize rolling.
A huge fish was hooked at daybreak, probably a yellowfin tuna. True to form, I lost him near the boat when the 100 lb test monofilament leader parted as the fish made one last attempt at escape and dragged the line across the windvane self-steering apparatus. I then decided to change the leader to 400 lb stainless steel cable. Lures are expensive and in limited supply. There was no other action the rest of the day. It would sure be nice to arrive at my destination with tuna fillets to distribute among the fleet which usually means a couple of dinner invitations.