Last night the winds picket up in no time from around 30 to about 50 knots. Mark was at the helm, the boat drastically heeled and this combined with big waves made it very difficult to handle. After a quick change of sail in challenging conditions, sailing become more stable in those extreme conditions.
Yesterday the touch screen of our Parker water maker got damaged, someone or an object must have hit it. During rough conditions, people are being tossed around and objects get loose. Fortunately, we had a spare screen and after swapping it, the water maker was back producing our most important commodity, fresh water.
I decided to shave my beard, it started to be in my way and annoyed me. Each time I ate or drank, I had to push my long hair out of my mouth. The entire crew followed me and we all ended up with a moustaches.
James, Paul and I kept the mustache only for one day. After shaving I felt a little bit more like myself again even though it revealed my shrunken cheeks and a thinner jaw line.
For the last few days we put our fishing lines in the water and today we caught 2 mahi-mahi, it had been awhile since we ate any fresh food. The fishes were delicious.
The following day we caught 5! We ate four of them in one day and kept one to dry.
It is important for us to catch fish, it is a great source of protein to add to our diet but most importantly we collect very useful information and samples to track micro plastic and plastic fibers in the fish.