28 Nov Minke Whales
28 November 2014
The wind continues to keep us busy this trip. Mostly it is coming from the north, between northeast and northwest, but the force is not quite what you would expect. After Las Palmas it started promising with a good force 4 to 5 Bft. Slowly but surely that became 3 to 4 and then 2 to 3 Bft this afternoon, and we even had to turn the engine on because with half a knot in the right direction we won’t be arriving in time on Sal.
But what the wind did not give us was given by nature. Today we were treated to first two minke whales next to the ship and at the end of the afternoon another but at a greater distance.
And the fishing line behind the ship did its work, but unfortunately without a result. We had a little bite, but we were actually glad it did not come on board; we do not know what it was, but it managed to break the hook! Tomorrow we try again with a new hook.
Fortunately the wind slowly picked up and we could continue sailing. The forecast is that the wind will turn to westnorthwest and increase to 4 Bft. This means close reach for us so we hope for a good speed for the last part of our voyage.