Distance run in the last 24 hrs; 74.9NM
Average speed; 3.1KN
After a fantastic lunch the crew set to up aloft and loose the Main and Fore Topgallants as we had hoped. Shortly after they are set, we are not going at the speed that we had hoped but we are still cruising along. There is another call for Kingsley to go on the aft deck as he has another fish on the line. When the fish is closer to the surface we can see that it is
another Spanish mackerel, however this one is a lot bigger. As the fish is being pulled in we spot a shark closely following the ship, there was a moment of panic that he might reach the fish before we do. It takes Kingsley about 10 minutes to land the fish on deck. It is huge, length wise it is about 4ft and about 20 kilo. Mark the engineer stands close by observing the whole procedure.
The heat is intense this afternoon and there are some interesting tan lines starting to appear. The wind dies down as the day draws on, it isn’t long before we stow the topgallants before we loose the sunlight. The sun sets and gives us a nice pink twilight, which then develops into another stunning night; there are plenty more satellites spotted this evening and many
more shooting stars. There was even some more space junk brightening the night sky as it crashed to earth.
The morning is overcast and much cooler to our relief; the wind has also increased. It doesn’t take us long before we have both the Topgallants set. There is a sea snake spotted of the starboard side, which is a little bizarre as we are quite far offshore. Ross finishes the morning off with a lecture on 18th century sailing.