Alison found, to her horror, a rat hiding in her
cabin yesterday. Luckily it turned out to be a realistic toy rat from
IKEA smuggled aboard by Tom and hidden where she'd find it. Good
Very frustrating here at present. High pressure
where it should not be, leading to totally unseasonal light NW winds under
cloudy skies when we should be in strong NE winds under blue skies. We are
forced to go very slowly south west when we need to be going fast to the west.
Very unlucky, but that's sailing. As long as we get across before the food runs
out we'll be OK.
We startled a mall whale on the surface last night.
We were creeping along very slowly & quietly when we heard loud breathing,
typical of a cetacean resting on the surface. It was pitch black, but we
eventually realised that it was lying across our path, about 10m in front of the
bow. Stupidly I got the searchlight out and lit it up, but
unexpectedly this gave it a terrible shock and it dived in panic with
furious splashing. No idea what sort of whale it was.
Tom caught a yellowfin tuna on his trailing line
this morning. Poor thing.