Tuatara

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Dolphin Delight

20 December 2011 | Atlantic Ocean
Jean
Day 12

12deg 57N 51deg 55W

Todays hightlight... morning coffee with Scottish shortbread courtesy of Morrison's Supermarket, Gibraltar, purveyors of all provisions from the UK. Accompanied by a display of dolphin speed and sense of fun. A pod of dolphins surfed down the swells, leaping out into the sunshine. They swam close to Tuatara,then at midships they looped around and did it all again giving us an entertaining ten minute display . Apparently sensing the finish of smoko the dolphins disappeared as the last buttery crumbs blew off the plate.

At 1am this morning the wind and sea changed so it was all hands on deck to take down our big coloured MPS which we had been flying most of the last 4 days. We had arrived in the squally windy zone yachts in front of us had been experiencing a day or so earlier. . White caps glinted in the dark where only an hour or so earlier the swells were small and all blue. Tuatara became a rolly platform again as the swell came at us from midships. By day light the sky was grey, we had one shower of rain and from then the patches of blue have increased and the thunder clouds have moved to the south. We still have too much wind for the big colour to go back up and the swell has developed some big holes but we are still heading west to Barbados and thats all we ask. The weather and sea changes so quickly and often during a day so maybe by this evening the sea may be smooth again.

We have less than 500 miles to go so we have passed another couple of milestones. We have completed three quarters of our journey and have passed the 50 deg West mark,Barbados is about 59/60 deg W. Sliding down these swells today feels like we are literally and figuratively on the downhill slide to Bridgetown.

The fish have been leaving our lures alone so no fish meals for days now.

It seems a little strange we are out here, no other sign of human life and yet Christmas is only days away, thousands of people are rushing through shops buying gifts, loading trolleys with festive food while listening to canned carols. That's a part I am missing about the Christmas buildup ...not the shopping but listening to the Christmas Carols. I had a little taste at Mindelo with English carols floating out of the produce Mercado. I am off now to put up my Christmas Fairy, and I am sure there are some Christmas songs somewhere amongst the CD,s.......

Merry Christmas to all and have a Christmas mince pie or two for me.
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Vessel Name: Tuatara
Vessel Make/Model: Alan Wright 51
Hailing Port: Opua NZ
Crew: Alan and Jean Ward
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