They like it fast. When Orinoco races with seven or eight knots through the ocean water, dolphins cannot resist to play with our sailing yacht. Today, they followed us for half an hour.
The capacity of our batteries has dropped to less than 45%. Why? More than 40 devices on board happily consume electricity (navigation system and lights, radar, fridge, two satellite communication systems, a lot of mobile phones and tablets, laptops, torches, water pumps and so on). The autopilot steering system, with its very strong electric motor, is our most energy hungry device (13 ampere). However, only three devices produce energy: wind generator, solar cells and motor. We did have enough wind today with 12 to 24 knots all day (nice sailing), but not so much sun (rain gusts). Therefore, we now try to use our hydrovane wind driven self-steering system as much as possible to save energy.
Before even having breakfast, both fishing lines gave alarm. After half an hour, the first 20 kg yellow fin tuna fish broke the fishing rod, but was caught nevertheless. We released the second one of equal size. Our refrigerator: full with fish. Bad luck for Frank and Uwe – they are not allowed to fish again for three days.
Der Törn beginnt. Ablegen aus der Marina Gomera. Zunächst guter Wind und einige Segelmanöver, dann Flaute:
Drei Fische vor der Küste Gomeras geangelt: Oceanic Puffer. Wie mir unser Freund Alfred mitteilte: potentiell giftig, letal. Zurück ins Meer…