Total Distance: 291
Last 24 Hours: 70
Distance to go: 1341
After a good night's rest, we are feeling much better today. We turned on the engine for a few hours today, when the wind disappeared, and made a b-line for the wind that was predicted in our grib files. We found winds from the SE (our intended direction) and are now enjoying sailing close-hauled at 4-5 knots. Late this afternoon we took advantage of the ship's salon and we treated ourselves to haircuts - I think tomorrow I might get a pedicure. We also splurged and had a great mid-ocean swim (one at a time), what an amazing experience...if you can get your mind off sharks! The water is a beautiful clear blue colour here. Not the light blue that magazines and tv ads are made of, but a deep and amazing blue, nothing like the black-blue color we're used to at home.
It is now black. The moon has not yet risen, and I can only hear the water that is only two feet below me. The regular rhythm of the water breaking away from the boat is broken by a "ploooof", the sound of dolphins breathing around me. The water that is splashed at the surface as they breath is aglow with phosphoresence, as are their trails as they glide through the water, playing in the bow wake, darting and jumping from one side of the boat to the other. Magical.
Our friend, Bruce told me about this great program - Stellarium - you input your position, it shows you an image of the sky in all directions, and identifies all the stars and constellations. Very cool - and a free download - chack it out. It seems I'm learning more than just how to mix a great margarita!