Day 11: They’re Having A Whale Of A Time!277 views | December 6th, 2018
Mate Kirstie’s Log
Once More Unto The Breach
Yesterday we had a 20ft-ish whale play alongside us for an hour, broaching several times – once right in front of the boat, as it continuously circled us and surfed waves. The whole crew watched and many videos (mainly of blue sea!) were captured.
Gybe After Gybe
An early morning of rolling around in bunks as the helms wiggle over waves! A pattern is emerging. Each change of watch for Ricky and I involves a gybe. Some of the crew jump to action and have picked up on key roles whereas others very definitely still need a close eye and lots of guidance and checking. Whilst trickier and obviously slower during night gybes the daylight gybes are becoming faster and smoother. Will run another training session at midday/happy hour.
Kate and John
Today is Finland Independence Day and we are celebrating with our friend Mikko on Challenger 4. We have flags and bunting and Anglo-Finnish pin badges and special treats to eat today along with some face painting.
Cooking is an extreme sport this morning. Imagine a gym session where the equipment is trying to throw you off and you are simultaneously handling sharp knives naked flames and boiling water. Bacon and eggs were served with aplomb by John and Kate.
The Heat Is On
Up on deck, some race training is going on. We are less than 800 miles from St Lucia now and Challenger 3 is closing on us from their southerly vantage point. We are gybing down the rhumb line as the wind shifts back and forth in the squalls. Baywatch have been soaked twice but Crimewatch have stayed dry so far. Kirstie and Bruce are trying to whip the crew into shape for the last dash.
Our progress yesterday was delayed by sighting an amazing whale, who followed us for around four hours. He surged forward on the waves behind the boat and repeated a figure of eight circuit up the port side, then across and back and up the starboard side. He was twenty foot long with white markings around the fins and a greenish grey body.
We think it might have been a pigmy orca or similar.
We then had a spectacular sunset to the strains of George Michael’s “Don’t let the sun go down on me” (which was part of Bev’s playlist), before the night watch settled down to appreciate the meteor shower. These wonderful sights will stay with us long after we are home and clean and cooking horizontally.
Three new Limericks
There once was a bride named Wendy
To the sea did she get sendy
She was learning to cope
With a bit of old rope
And those knots that are all so bendy
To the ARC trip she did subscribe
After joining the Bailey tribe
The nights were a lark
With manoeuvers at dark
As she practised her poled-out gybe
Poled-out gybe, says Marsh, sounds grand!
This honeymoon’s better than planned
I’ve got one of those
Right under your nose
And in time it’ll even be tanned
A Blog In Finnish
Suomen Itsenaisyyspaiva 6.12. Taalla jossain keskella Atlanttia. Purjehdittu 2143 Nm ja jaljella jotain 800 Nm. Siis noin 1500 km lahimpaan Pubiin. Tanaan vietamme Suomen itsenaisyyspaivaa. Vene on koristeltu suomenlipuin ja miehisto on tuonut oma aloitteisesti jotain Suomeen liittyvaa. Sinappia, kurkkusalaattia ja mm pienet Suomi-Englanti pinssit. Kohteliasta vakea nama britit. Illalliselle salmiakkikossunapsut ja salmiakkia jalkiruuvaksi. Napue Gin olisi ollut tyylikkaampi vaihtoehto, mutta vahan samahan se olisi ollut jos joku ulkomaan elava kehuisi mailman parhaalla saunalla.
Purjehdus on muuten mennyt hyvin. Tuulet suosineet ja vauhtia pitanyt. Aluksi tosin jouduimme hakemaan parempaa asemaa turhan paljon etelampaa kuin oli ajateltu. Nyt kuitenkin kai kuudentena ja loppua kohden tilanne nayttaa hyvalta.
Eilen pieni valas seurasi meita useamman tunnin. Luuli kai emokseen ja oli turvallinen uida viressa. Myos muutama delfiini ja merenneito nahty.
Google’s Best Effort At Translating That
Finnish Independence Day 6.12. Somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic. Sailed at 2143 Nm and leave something 800 Nm. That’s about 1500 km to the nicest Pub. Today we spend Finland’s self-interest. The boat has been decorated with a Finnish flag and the crew has personally brought something related to Finland. Sinap, cucumber salad and mm small Finnish-English pinps. The treacherous blind us Britons. Dessert strawberries and strawberries for dumplings. Napu Gin would have been a more stylish alternative, but wax to the same would have been if some foreign lover would praise the best sack in the mail.
Otherwise, sailing has gone well. The winds favoured and accelerated. At first, though, we had to look for a better position far less far than we thought. Now, however, for the sixth and the end, the situation is good.
Yesterday, a small whale followed us for several hours. Luuli was in the mood and was safe to swim. I got a few dolphins and a mermaid took off. Monday in the paint.
Skipper Ricky’s Log
Date : 6 Dec 2018 Thursday
Time : 12:00 GMT
Position : 16 25.7N 47 45.4 W
Position : Approaching Royal Trough 6740m
Destination : St Lucia (Rodney Bay)
ETA : Dec 10 (GPS), Dec 12 (Ricky) Dec 11 (Kirstie)
DTF : 778, Trip1 : 2160
24 Hour Run : 200, 24 Hour Speed : 8.3
24 Hour VMG : 196 Nm Speed 8.2 Kts
COG 242, SOG 9.1
TWD 109, TWS 18
Fuel : 3 full, 1 in use
Water : 3 full, 1 in use and filling – Watermaker on – 21.34L/hr,
Gas : 2 full, 1 in use, 2 Empty
Notes and comments :
RC – The pattern of gazing at the true Wind direction and gybing when it is
consistently above or below the mid point is continuing. All works well in theory but
the wind is a fickle thing with a shift often happening just after or even mid gybe to
make you question your decision to start the process. On the plus side, the crew are
now getting the hang of it all.
779 Miles to go!
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