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At sea: Minke whale

June 8th, 2009 · No Comments

We are very proud of our daughter.  The degree results were announced today and She got a 2.1.  We will be with her in spirit at the graduation ceremony.  Celebration meal will be in some Pacific Island when she joins us in August.

We had a minke whale just behind the boat yesterday.  By just behind I mean less than 30ft!  When we have seen them in Scotland they ignore boats, but this was was having a good look.  He swam from side to side just behind us for a few minutes.  Even under the 30m rope for the tow generator. We could see him under the water as well.

This will be the last position report at 14:00 BST.  New reports starting tomorrow will be 23:00 BST.  The radio propagation makes the evening connection much easier than the morning one now.

Gone due west yesterday as the weather reports have lighter winds to the south.  Should be half way for the report tomorrow at 23:00GMT.

Position: [-5.475,-111.129] at 06:00 local, 14:00 BST
24hr run:  155 miles by GPS,  156 miles through water.
1682 miles to Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands. ETA at 5 knots: 13:28 GMT 22nd June
Wind: SE 13 knots Sea: S swell 2m
Sky:  50% cloud cover clear ahead full cover behind

Tags: At Sea · Pacific Leg