1536 UTC. Less than 500 nm to Falmouth.
We just had some excitement. I recently jibed and switched the whiskerpole to the port side. We had about 12 kts of apparent wind on a broad reach when suddenly wind speed increased, the bow shot up into the wind, and the whisker pole poked thru the loop in the sheet and ended up dangling as the boat heeled dramatically.
We got it back under control and are making 110deg T at 6-7 kts. Wind has settled to about 13-20kts.
Last night and earlier today we were sailing downwind, wing and wing and rolling like a cigar on a Cubana Chica’s thigh. We’re doing about 120 True now. Winds up and down a bit but still 15-18 W more or less.
Just had risotto, belgian chocolate, azorean wine, and I’ve been giving knot lessons.
Not a bad lifestyle.
1951 UTC. Another treat! Pilot whales! A pod of pilot whales followed us for most of an hour before sunset. About 15 whales, maybe more. Very spread out. Playful ones jumping higher near the back. I hope I got some good pics!
Lat 48.244153 Lon -17.082173