The wind direction south. Reluctantly we took down the sails and reverted to using the engine. Together with the routine Happy Hour of cleaning partly spent in friendly sport trying to outwit our Medical Purser, we enjoyed Captain Barbara's interesting explanation of the basis of celestial navigation. We discovered that using a sextant to bring the sun or other celestial body to the horizon is a skill. Subsequently, on watch some of us had an opportunity to put what we had learned into practice.
A late night discussion between one of the watch and Captain Barbara about whether a particularly bright celestial body was Jupiter or the International Space Station was settled in the Captain's favour. You might consider the outcome reassuring!
Today the sails were again set including the royals and we are making a steady 3 knots in the company of various dolphins, a few turtles and a couple of sailfish. The DOTI boat went out and the crew took millions of photos of Tenacious on dozens of cameras from every possible angle; including a handful with leaping dolphins in the foreground.
Now the sun is gathering some strength and we are ghosting southeast with a force 3 and a calm sea. Jeans are giving way to cutoffs and a few pink torsos are emerging. We seem to have a few beached whales sunning themselves on the foredeck.
Soon be in the Canaries..... WAHOOOOO
Sandy Blackett and Philip Knights; FS