Monday, February 9th, 2015
A sunny, mellow Sunday at sea. Hardly any wind today, but we’re not in a hurry and it’s much nicer to go slow for a day than to fire up the engine. A pod of dolphins were hanging out off the port beam in the afternoon, and we think maybe a pilot whale too, but all too far away for definite identification. We had a tropical themed marlinspike before supper to celebrate being in the ‘Local Apparent Tropics’ at 24 degrees south.
SHIPS WORK: Sunday at sea so people are free to do personal projects on watch and there’s no additional ship’s work. Jens, Elvira and Sam B were cooks for the day, and did a very fine job. We set all sail at the noon change of the watch when the wind filled in a little.
BOUND FROM: Luderitz, Namibia, South Atlantic Ocean
TOWARDS: James Bay, St Helena, South Atlantic Ocean
TIME ZONE: GMT +1
NOON POSITION: 24°07.9S /010°03.6’E
DAYS RUN: 22 nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 333 nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 1,000 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: West South West, Course made good 220° true, 1.7 knots
WIND: Wind Force 2, North North West
WEATHER: Fair, 2/8 cloud, barometer 1018 millibars and steady,
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: South 0.5m
SAILS SET: All sails set
Lead Seaman Nikolaj slacks the port fore braces to brace around