19 January 2016 - Fairtransport
During our night watch a big cargo ship was about to cross our course right before us – perhaps in a distance of only 0.2 nm. Wiebe called it via VHF and asked if they could pass around our stern – and perhaps a little bit surprised they consented to do so. At seven o’clock we were on the watch again, but because it was Sunday we didn’t have to do any maintenance work. So while one person was at the helm, the others were laying lazily on deck, using thick ropes as the proper seaman’s pillow and sleeping or reading or writing or listening to music. The portside watch played cards when I got up after a siesta in a rather hot cabin. On the starbord side of the galley luckily there was shade and fresh air circulating and till sunset I could sit there, sipping a wake-up coffee, just watching the sea and talking to people I really hadn’t talked before.
DATE: 18-01-16 GMT: 1400 POS: 17º19’N, 66º40’W SOG:5.5kts COG:290º
GENERAL SYNOPSIS: ON BOARD THE TRES HOMBRES
CLOUDS:strato cumulus 3/8
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