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Day's Run Westward Bound

Day’s Run – March 9, 2015

Saw a big mahi mahi jump several feet out of the water today, just off the port beam – it looked like it was being chased by dolphins. Nothing on the fishing lines though, maybe we’re not going fast enough to be tempting. We seem to be past the worst of the squalls now, and getting close to the equator. Celestial navigation workshop on star sights today.
SHIPS WORK: Grease fore upper topsail downhaul pennants, leather on fore royal yoke, 2 coats of varnish on the fore royal yard, varnish quarterdeck boxes and wheel box, paint stone thwarts in Monomoy, rust bust fore lower shrouds shackles, work on new fore topmast staysail sheet pennants, and take measurements for fore royal brace pennants. Ship’s cat Suva guarded the sailmakers’ bag.
BOUND FROM: James Bay, St Helena, South Atlantic Ocean
TOWARDS: Grenada, Windward Islands, Caribbean Sea
TIME ZONE: GMT -1
NOON POSITION: 01°23.7’S /026°40.2’W
DAYS RUN: 96 nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 1,580 nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 2,224 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: North by 1/2 West, Course made good 335° true, 4.3 knots
WIND: Wind Force 4, South East by South
WEATHER: Fair, 5/8 cloud cover and squalls on the horizon, barometer 1016 millibars and steady, visibility very good
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: South East 1-2 m
SAILS SET: All square sails set, braced a point off square. Spanker, gaff topsail, all headsails and all staysails set.
Suva guarding the sailmaking bag
One of the ship’s cats, Suva, assists with security for the sailmakers