Day 22 - Chicken of the Sea
25 April 2007 | 2558 miles southwest of Cabo San Lucas at 07deg 38'S 136deg 18'W
Just when I was about to open a package of Trader Joe's green curry chicken, BINGO, I landed a nice tuna just in time for dinner. He was caught on a reel mounted to the stern rail; no rod but very heavy line (100 lb test). The reel provides adjustable drag but essentially I just winch the fish in. Now I will have fish for the next several days. Unfortunately, that means I will have stop fishing until I get closer to the Marquesas where I will be able to share any catch and make new friends.
Yesterday's progress was slow because of fickle winds and many rain squalls. One minute the wind would be 5 kts and the next it would be 25. There were a lot of sail changes but no motoring. My noon-to-noon distance was 100 miles for an average speed of 4.2 kts. This morning the wind has been blowing consistently at 15-20 kts and I am making 6.5 kts on a beam reach. If this continues there is no doubt that I will make landfall on Friday. Otherwise it will be Saturday.
All else is well onboard.