24 March 2017 - Fairtransport
We are still making good progress, all sails up trying to keep our 200 miles a day so that we don’t get cought by the area of less winds that is coming behind us. The air pressure is rising again as we leave the influence of the low behind us and step into the Azores permanent high pressure system.
This morning short after sunrise we hit a sperm whale. The whole ship was shaken by the impact and the tip of the dolphin striker bend 90 degrees but we didn’t notice any further damage. We where sailing 10 knots and it was probably a matter of centimeters that we saved the head rig. Just after the impact we saw the giant mammal spin on itself to get upside up again and dive. It is sad that this is the only way we got to see a whale so far.
We hope to sight first land on Saturday morning around Flores. Looking forward to step on Faial again.
First mate, Remi
GENERAL SYNOPSIS: ON BOARD THE TRES HOMBRES
WIND DIR & SPD: Southerly, 20 knots
AIR TEMP: 20 C
AIR PRES: 1027 hPa
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