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At sea: No Albatrosses today

May 4th, 2011 · 1 Comment

For my birthday we had Albatrosses flying around us all day.  White bodied ones and black bodied ones always accompanied by a range of shearwaters.  In the morning they often swooped up just in front of the rising sun to give an even more dramatic picture.  But today none so far.  I have been told that they sit on the water when there is no wind as it’s harder work for them to fly or take off so perhaps that why we aren’t seeing them today. More than just us wishing for wind. Air and water temperature already increasing.  A pleasant 23’C as we cook more sausages for breakfast – beef with herb and garlic today.

Paiha bombs proving very popular.  Andy’s supply is being raided by Kirsty when it was clear he was having no sea sickness effects.  Paiha bombs are a sea sickness remidy sold by a pharmacy in the Bay of Islands, North end of the North island.

Position: 33°08’S 174°32’E [-33.128,174.526]at 08:06 GMT+12 , BST 21:06 4th May
24hr run: 128 miles by GPS.
856 miles to Port Resolution, Tanna, Vanuatu. ETA at 5 knots: 10:21 Thurs 12th May Vanuatu Local Time
Wind: variable 5 knots Sea: smooth with E swell 2.5m also NNE and SW swells about 2 meters
Sky: 10% cloud cover

Tags: At Sea · Pacific Leg

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Glenys // May 5, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Happy Birthday – what a wonderful present – I know what I would prefer and it wouldn’t be the choir from whatever Hard Rock cafe!!
    Love Glenys