Wednesday, November 7, 2007 - Day 5 of Passage: Whale Sighted
07 November 2007 | En Route from Fiji to New Zealand
We were under power all last night because of very light winds but were able to sail during the day. The wind has not been over 10 knots so the going has been slow. I am trying to preserve fuel in case we have head winds and need to run the engine as we get closer to New Zealand. The noon-to-noon distance for today was 116 miles for an average speed of 4.8 kts.
This afternoon I heard a "whoosh" but saw nothing immediately. A few minutes later a whale of unknown species surfaced twice behind the boat and then disappeared. My crew, Uri, was quite anxious to snap a photo but he was not quick enough. It was the first whale he had ever seen.
All else is well onboard. We have been dragging a flying fish behind the boat as bait but there are no takers.