Still heading west
25 January 2015 | Mid-Atlantic
Tracer has been taking me west for a week. All I have seen is wind, waves and water. Sometimes we go through bad weather with big waves. I always enjoyed that part when I had my hull in the water, slicing through the water and keeping my people aboard safe. But being on the deck of this big ship makes the motion much different. Sometimes I feel downright queasy and have appreciated more what Vicki goes through in bad weather.
We have also seen dolphins as they play in the bow waves. But I can only see them from above the water, not nearly as much fun as experiencing them playing around me and in my bow wave.
They like to play chicken as I am sailing along and compete to see who can get closest to my stem without getting hit. Once I warned a dolphin not to do it, but he did anyway and got clobbered. I felt bad, but I did warn him!
The best times happened at night when there was phosphorescence. I would leave a trail behind me and the dolphins liked to play in my wake. They also left a trail and would gambol in the green sparkles. So much entertainment during the long night. Once when we were in Bayfield on Lake Superior, Paul and Vicki anchored me close to the fireworks barge on the Fourth of July. It was so much fun watching the fireworks above. Dolphins and the phosphorescence are just like that, but below me and all around me. Oh, those were good times on the salty sea.