Position 47 22 N 140 59 W
Wind WNW 8 kts
Temp 18 C
Seas < 2 ft
Yesterday we noticed that we were pumping out more then the usual amount of
water from the bilge. On further investigation, HaeSung found that our
main water tank (a flexible plastic bladder) was only a quarter full even
though we had filled it a few days ago. Testing the water from the
bilge revealed brackish, not fully salt water and the final piece to the
puzzle was in place. For the next few hours we were especially liberal
with our water use and by early afternoon we had drained the tank and
pulled it out. With some perhaps over aggressive prodding, a crack in the
plastic near the outlet fitting quickly spread apart into a significant tear.
While my initial thought was that we would simply make do with our reserve
tank, HaeSung insisted that we try and fix it. We turned again to the
sailors little helper, Marine Goop. The jury is still out on that
repair as we wait for the glue to cure.
By late afternoon, the wind had freshened just enough to set the sails. With
the engine off, HaeSung prepared dinner and we settled in for a quiet meal
including watching a show on the laptop. Just as we were tucking in to a
tasty fish curry with rice and pickled vegetables, we heard the familiar zing.
A fish! We set aside the meal and rushed to the cockpit. I took the rod
and started reeling in while HaeSung prepped the boat to hove-to. This fish
was different though, bending the rod over 90 degrees and veering off to the
side. We had to pass the rod around the back of the stern arch and I walked
completely around the deck, passing the rod around the fore stay until I was
back where I started. Eventually we saw a large streak of silver darting
back and forth just below the surface. Initially I thought it was another
big mahi, then I thought maybe a shark. Finally, as the fish broke the
surface we realised that we had hooked a good sized tuna, probably the
biggest fish that we could hope to land. I gaffed it and immediately hoisted
it into the cockpit. HaeSung poured copious amounts of cheap Tanduay rum
onto the gills. After an interesting time gutting, filleting and cleaning
up, we were back to our meal and show with 8 lbs of fresh fish in the fridge.
We nursed the breeze until midnight after which we were back motoring
again. The winds are expected to build during the day and then rise to near
gale force for a day or two. The North Pacific high, which has been coyly
moving around, appearing and dissipating, is now, finally, south west of us.
A big low is dipping down from the north west and we are in what’s called the
squeeze zone where the winds pick up. Lows spin clockwise and highs
spin counter-clockwise so these winds will blow us directly where we want to
go so, due east. We should be in for quite a ride.
All safe on Second Jump