My Day 65 went from brilliant to flippin’ marvellous. Here it is…
– Lovely moon at 0430 and then the delicious treat of going back to sleep until dawn appeared
-Chickpeas for breakfast entrée, on a calm sea with clear sky
-Roasty warm sun on my back all day and juice in the batteries provided an afternoon of music and audiobooks (our first such entertainment for a whole week!)
– Film and photography session with The Tweedles; they are very photogenic and love swimming alongside the camcorder
– More couscous feasting
– Beautiful blooms of plankton visible with a calm sea
-A visit from Bluey, our somewhat prodigal but beautiful dorado
– And then,*Start the drum roll*, while surveying the golden skies at sunset and tryng to strech out my back, I heard…,*More drums* …a loud ‘Prrfffff’ from just off the bows. *Make the drums louder!* ‘IT CAN ONLY BE…!’ I squealed in excitement, and swung round to see *Trumpet, Go!* a large, smooth, black back of a whale cruising gently by, enjoying the evening air. I saw three such surfacings – so whether we had just the one Leviathian or more, I can’t say. Bigger than Dippers by quite a degree, I estimate around 15 metres of beautiful whale. Gut instinct says Pilot whale from the shape of the dorsal fin, but I need to consult my ID guide for a better diagnosis.
-Whale celebration with Port
-Rounded it off after 12 hours rowing by making it to the other side of 25° South, which Ricardo commissioned us to do by the end of the week.
-We have come 200 nauties, as the albie flies, since last lifting Bob five days ago.
All in all a very fine day at sea.
S, D & The Tweedles x
I counted 24 Tweedles in the photoshoot today!
Clem – Send my hellos to everyone at my Aussie launch pad! Enjoy the last of the season.
Ruth Ryder- Lots of interesting biofilms growing aboard – thought of you!
Barry Gumbert – We’ve got toothpaste,port, mustard or tabasco for the flavour, and neither sugar or corn syrup.Honey instead? Don’t think I realised how dark the rime is…
Moira-You’re right to envy the couscous feast, it is divine. Thinking of you amid the envelope mountains.