16 May 2008, 8.15pm and 343 miles to Bermuda
We woke up to glassy conditions this morning and a beautiful sunrise. We've travelled only 134 miles in the past two days and we're all ready to put some miles behind us and step foot on Bermudian soil. The seasickness has gone altogether now and we're all feeling so much better generally. Once our boidies adapted to the conditions we were all fine. Even Milo is more spritely today. He's still not allowed up the front of the boat to do his business and he manages to find a way to get it done Without wind it is straight motoring. Ray's alternating the motors. Having both motors on only gains us a half a knot but burns twice the diesel. We don't want to run out of petrol (gas) before we hit Bermuda. Ray's just topped up the tanks from our spare gerry cans so when that runs out, that's it.
15 May 2008, 6.25pm
Whales!Today we saw whales. As I scanned the horizon looking across the whitecaps I saw a spout of water shoot up vertically. Then another and another. We could make out a couple of whales breaching in the distance but they were too far away for good look. Very exciting. Another lot of dolphins swam and dived beside the boat, speeding along beside us and chasing Meander through the water. By now the seas have settled significantly from 10-12 feet earlier today to around 6 feet with a 2 foot wind chop tonight. The winds are expected to drop throughout the night giving us a more comfortable ride tonight than previoius nights. That will be nice. Because the wind and seas have been against us, we've made little progress north and a fair amount of progress east. With the wind and seas abating we're going to making more northerly progress in the next few days. Herb has recommended we aim for 27N:68W by tomorrow afternoon.