Today we had lots of dolphins and they were jumping out of the water and then swimming on the bow wave for ages.
Heidi and I Sat in the sun and read and then we all played 500. Conditions were not so good today there was a 3m swell and the winds were up to 15 knots. It was a bit uncomfortable but not too bad.
Robbie made a fish curry Thai red curry for dinner it was very nice. Every day Peter sets his camera up to take a photo of us all in a different part of the boat. Today it was in the cockpit.
I heard the rod hook up and saw a huge a big fish that was jumping but it broke the line, you know the story – the one that got away! He did manage to take the lure with him thou
I Cooked roast chicken and veges for dinner in the convection oven with my homemade secret recipe stuffing. The chicken came out beautiful but the roast veges don’t come out as good as the normal oven but they were OK.
Today our photo was in the kitchen.
Had an uneventful watch, although there were a lot of ships on the AIS but they were all a fair way from us, they were going around the coast of Africa. Conditions had calmed down a lot and it was quite pleasant. I slept until 10.30am and got up to a readymade breakfast from Heidi of mango, apple, kiwifruit, yogurt and mueslis. Robbie made a chicken omelette for Peter and himself.
I tried to feed the bird some shushimi but he wasn’t interested. We also tried him on bread soaked in water but he wasn’t interested in that either. He is really only a baby and at first I thought he only had one foot but he does have two but one doesn’t seem to open out like the other one. I think also one wing is damaged. I just left him in a bucked with the milk and water and a tea towel over the top.
We had the homemade pumpkin soup for lunch with crusty bread rolls and we tried to give our little bird some more milk but he only took a little bit.
The boys both went below for a sleep. They have a plan now for our arrival. We will anchor out in the bay near the marina when we arrive around 3am, get some sleep and then head into the marina in daylight. They’ve changed the watches around a bit and Heidi will do 7 to 10, Peter will do 10 to 1am and Robbie will do 1 to anchoring. I get a bye but will get up to help drop the anchor. Heidi and I did a lot of cleaning today so as to maximise our time ashore on Mindelo. We don’t know when we will get the weather window to start our crossing so we don’t want to waste precious land time cleaning!
It has been really warm all day and a few clouds around. It’s now 6.45pm and the breeze has freshened up and it feels cooler and like it’s going to rain. The water depth has been 4000 metres, really deep. Around the islands it shallows out to 100 metres in less than half a mile. This means we are going to get some big wave action.
Today our photo was in the pilothouse around the captain’s chair.