Passage North to Maine - Whales at last
Date 2359 – Wednesday 29 June 2011 (UTC -4)
In an endeavour to time our arrival with a decent amount of daylight in
hand we had a somewhat leisurely start and took advantage of the convenient, if
expensive for the
With little wind and hazy sunshine we motored until we were past the
lights marking the outer end of
We were then able to switch off the engine and gently make our way
along the rhumb line for the 150nm overnight trip to
The real joy of the afternoon came with our first sighting of whales, at about ½ nm. Two whales, species not identified but hey were 20-30 foot with a dorsal fin and a large fluked tail. We were treated to a number of blows that came with a real explosive noise. Definitely worth 9,600 miles travelling. Regrettably there were not any photographs this time.
Progress was not dramatic as the wind was very much from astern but as the forecast predicted it gradually veered into the west giving us wing on wing on a starboard tack and then a gybe for the same on a port tack which took us to midnight.
Catering note – the freezer still manages to produce bricks of curry and the Mate can still magic pappadums from the depths of her lockers.