Its cold and wet up north but the Tuna tastes good!
07 August 2001 | Pacific
Here I am again and you guessed it we are on the sea anchor, however all being well it will only be for a short time. We have had a fantastic period of rowing as you will have seen on the Xplot and I am happy to say we have passed the 2000 nautical mile barrier from Choshi, by the time you read Tim's update next week we should be over the halfway and gunning for America. While we are sitting on the sea anchor it gives us time to do husbandry around the boat, wash and sew our clothes etc. As you can see I landed my first tuna and it was the biggest so far, it was a welcome addition to our diet giving us some much needed protein and tasting really good. The weather since crossing 180 longitude has been pretty miserable as we rowed into a dense fog bank,constant drizzle and a distinct drop in the air temperature, I've tried to convince Tim that this a normal pattern in North Pacific weather and nothing to do with Count Dracula, but to no avail as he has the Count on the brain since reading Bram Stoker's yarn. The wildlife scene has been interesting with some new birds sighted as well as some Sea Lions, we were very surprised as we both thought they were coastal creatures. The Sea Lion in question was sighted early in the morn laying on its back totally relaxed within a hundred yards of a small Shark. We also have had our first sighting of Dall's porpoises in Killer whale camouflage without fins. Now we're further north we are keeping an eye out for Killer whales, it's been a life long ambition for me to see these beautiful creatures in the wild, so fingers crossed. Although we've been busy rowing, we've also been doing more interviews with the media; Tim conducted an interview with Radio Solent and I will be doing BBC Radio Devon interview at 0825 on Thursday 9th August. We'll also be doing a live Video hook up with the RMA in London later this month weather permitting. The Crackers grand masters chess competition has gone on hold due to technical difficulties, Tim fibre glassed the board up blocking a number of the peg holes in a strengthening exercise. Apparently you have to a strong chess board at sea European directive chapter 12 para 2 (ii) 4b rules appertaining to nautical chess, but dont worry we will commence soon the latest score is 5 - 2 to Tim. So all is well in our little 24 foot world I hope all is well in yours.
Messages they keep coming and we love it! Terry and Sue as you can see we got the weather we were hoping for and there is more on the way! Harry Moody Pacific Odyssey stacks rating, good to hear from you chap thanks for doing a recce on San Fran I am sure there was more to your trip than you told us you Jack Russel! George and Susie Selby Smith thanks for your kind message hope all is well your end, pass on my regards to Margaret. Kitch and the Provost great to hear from you mate keep those dice warm for my return, have a good one in the Oman. Pass on my regards to the Chivenor massive. Ronnie Gorrie cracking message best stick to giving me a paper pass when I get back or we will be on the range all day! Ru Fyne hope your rock ape convention went well in the Himalayas and Tim is dripping that you owe him for the hotel bill in Torremolinos! Gary Blundell and SE staff at RNAS Yeovil thanks for the message and support we have not had to use any of your kit so far thank goodness! Russ and Amanda Corn great to hear from you both and the best of British for your around the world voyage and we look forward to getting your updates. DJ Herbie and the Beijing massive hope all is well with you and your underground wet T-shirt movement. Lez, Sally, Charles and James Hardy hope your all well and look forward to seeing you soon. Matt Pierson long time no hear thanks for the kind offer all is well on that front, pass on our regards to Chris Moore and John Twain. April Hartman pass on our regards to Hong Kong yes Russ did mention you when we sailed together in Palma. Keep in touch. Frank Ferkin thanks Frank I don't know what you mean 'Gyre' we are passing through the Chinook trough! I hope all is ok and we would trade your hot weather for our cold. Don't be in awe I am still the same drunken bum you have always known and when you sold up and sailed around the world it inspired me. Hello to Ann and Gordon. Suzie Tonge, El Siva was a beautiful boat and brings back many happy memories we had a great time sailing her around the south coast, however we were never that graceful coming into port! Too much rum and a carefree attitude combined to make our entrances to marinas memorable for all concerned. It is a shame El Siva will not grace the English south coast again. Jacko and Donna glad to hear your still enjoying the golf look forward to seeing you soon after my return to UK. Mum and Dad hope all is ok your end it was lovely to speak with both last week, speak again in a couple weeks or the date you mentioned. Sian a quote for you ' Life is a series of problems. Do we want to moan about them or solve them' that was taken from M. Scott Peck Jan 2. Glad to hear you are getting on well at the Scottish Parliament, love to Mark. Ang the weather has improved and we are dry again, wrap up warm little one.