Fish seems to be the order of the day, with many ARC yachts relaying stories of fish landed, or fish lost. Vincent CLERICE, skipper of Space 52 catamaran Brigand, has already put his rod away having landed two large Dorado on the first full day at sea.
Vincent, a veteran Atlantic sailor on his third ARC, is an ace fisherman and strongly favoured to win the annual ARC fishing competition.
Meanwhile the crew on Taralita, were taking a different approach to fishing, having landed two 1 metre long yellow fish. Unsure what they were the crew gallantly returned the fish to the sea. Alas, their lack of piscatorial knowledge has deprived them of a tasty supper; the yellow mystery fish were in fact Dorado.
The crew of Lady H also missed out on a fish supper, but this time due to a slippery fish and an excited crew. Having landed a good sized Dorado, they then watched in horror as the yacht rolled in the swell, sending their prize across the deck and promptly back into the ocean!
Whales have also featured in the logs today, although luckily not on the menu. Paper Moon, now safely back in Gran Canaria did think they may have struck one, but closer inspection revealed that the damage was most likely caused by something metallic in the water. Taralita were involved in some serious whale watching today, being surround for at least an hour by a large pod of these magnificent mammals. Josephine also reported whales coming close to the yacht.
Winds continue from the ENE at around 15, though some yachts have reported lighter patches. The dual for front spot continues with the two VOR60's taking different tactics at the front of the fleet. Venom has opted for a more southerly route, and now Spirit seems to have followed, making a definite turn southwards today. Splitting the difference are the Hungarians on Extra Dry.