08 May 2008 | Gabriella South Pacific Ocean
154 miles and 28 hours later since departing Rarotonga and it is still grey and rainy. The wind has picked up and we are sailing along at 7.7 knots.Yesterday was uneventful until 4 p.m. then life changed by a welcomed interruption. Here is the story from Ted: " Finally caught one of those massive yellow fins. Around 4 pm he hit our marlin lure and missed the first time came back around which made me think it was a marlin, but he took straight down and the fight was on! He emptied the power pro around 700 yrd, then took out the backing for 50-100 yards. We battled for 2 1/2 hours it took everything we had with no fighting chair or harness. That fish fought like no fish I've dealt with, he battled every inch of line. Landed him after dark then another two hours to process the meat. 68" to the fork, and the girth was 43" that's not a typo, our scale only goes to 50 so we just weighed some of the fillets. It was something we won't forget. " ..... I may also add in the other 1 1/2 hours to clean up the bloody mess. The uneventful day turned into 3 tired but happy sailors.