Monday, May 23rd, 2016
Another day with a pleasant sailing breeze. Though a little cloudy and the breeze a little less than yesterday we made full sail again this morning shortly after wearing ship at the 8am watch change in order to make some more ground to the north. We wore ship again at the noon watch change and continued on to the east as the crew got busy with the ships work for the afternoon. The workshop this afternoon was on seizing in natural fibre. The Captain demonstrated and everyone followed suit by practicing the four most common seizing we use in the ship; temporary, racking, flat and round seizings. As we were taking in the Royals for the night after dinner the barometer started to drop and the wind started to make up, with the knowledge that a cold front will be approaching in the night we took in and furled T’gallants as well. In the failing light, as we were making the T’gallants fast, a pod of dolphins came up alongside the ship, surfing down the face of the short chop that had made up as the wind built. Upon closer examination they actually appeared to be melon-headed whales (which are a type of dolphin), a rare sight this far north and on this side of the ‘pond’. They checked us out and then moved on leaving us to sail into the night.
SHIP’S WORK: Continue overhaul of Inner Jib sheet pennants, send up running gear for Flying Jib, set up outer jibboom guys, coatings in the forward head, another coat of oil on the jibboom, end-for-end the Foresail sheets, continue tabling on the new Flying Jib.
FROM: Lunenburg, NS, Canada
TOWARDS: La Rochelle, France
TIME ZONE: ZD+1
NOON POSITION: 44°26.5’N / 025°19.0’W
DAYS RUN: 135nm
PASSAGE LOG: 1834nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 1028nm
COURSE AND SPEED: NE x E, 5kts
WIND: W, Force 5
WEATHER: Overcast, air temp: 19°C, water temp: 14°C
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: 4 ft, W’rly
SAILS SET: All Square Sail to the Royals, Inner & Outer jibs, Fore, Main & Mizzen Topmast Staysails, Main Tgallent Staysail, Mizzen Staysail, Spanker and Gaff Topsail