Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Day 8: Pilot Whales

Date: July 11th, 2011
Time: 1200UTC
Position: 61.05.08N / 027.27.13W
COG/SOG: 35-40 degrees / 6.5-7kn
Trip: 1264nm
Distance to go (DTG): 244nm
Underway: 192 hours
24h distance: 164 nm
Conditions: SE 15-20, cloudy w brief sunny patches. Cabin 20 degrees, outside 13 degrees. Sea 2-3m
Sails: main single reef, genoa double reef
Today a pod of pilot whales came to swim in our wake. Their glistening black bodies plunging through the wake in perfect synchronization with one another. I think that they were trying to reassure us that we are almost there. We keep our eyes peeled for whales and dolphins. There are minke, humpback and even orca and blue whales around Iceland. Exciting!
I finally dare to give an estimated arrival time, late on the evening of the 12th. We expect to arrive in Reykjavik Harbour at around midnight local time but that is no matter as it will still be perfectly light out. Simplifies navigation significantly. We are still cruising along at around 7 knots with 20-25 knots of wind. Over the last 24 hours it has become a little more uncomfortable and every now and then someone splashes a large bucket of water over the boat. So far we have managed to elude this joker and they have yet been able to soak Seb or I as we are adjusting something outside.
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