Close Hauled Again
21 May 2014 | Mid Atlantic
After the wonderful weather yesterday things seemed to be getting better with a light breeze picking up from the south-east and the motor shut down in the evening. Dawn broke with overcast skies and a good breeze force 4 but from the ESE so we are well heeled again going to windward, but in moderate seas. 2 reefs in the main and working jib, and doing good speed of around 7 knots to the north-east - almost on course. Weather very reminiscent of the Enlish Channel in summer!
Early this afternoon the fishing line whizzed and after heaving to the yacht Miles hauled aboard a nice Bonito tuna which is now sitting in a marinade in preparation for dinner. Otherwise the whole crew are smitten by drowsiness.
Karel who is deep into Moby Dick insists on calling me Ahab and Miles Queequeg. Saw also a small pod of pilot whales this morning. Yesterday afternoon Miles caught a Man-of-War jelly fish which was closely examined in a transparent bowl and thoroughly documentary filmed.