Location: Underway to Dominica, Transatlantic Day 11, 17*34.41' N 41*22.23' W
When watch team one relieved watch team four at 6 am, it was still dark out, with some clouds hiding the stars here and there. We settled in for another watch full of listening to Chloe’s dorm room decorations and Coldplay when the bow watch heard something out of the ordinary. They heard something smack into the forward staysail and fall onto the deck. After a minute of investigation, they reported back to the cockpit that a bird had run into our sails and was now laying on our deck. Alex, as we named it due to popular vote, was still alive but clearly shaken. We quickly filled a Tupperware with water and placed it and a bucket next to Alex in case it wanted some additional shelter from the wind. Later we found a flying fish that had flown on board, so we placed that next to Alex as well. We were well on the path to making Alex our boat pet when the sun started to rise, and we became aware of its mate circling Argo from afar. A little later, Alex took flight and joined its mate, and continued flying south. With that bit of adventure out of the way, watch team two eventually relieved us, and we got another couple hours of sleep before waking up for a delicious lunch. After lunch cleanup, we had our oceanography quiz and then mustered in the cockpit for our leadership class with Ben. Today’s leadership class was set up slightly differently than previous classes: we read some short stories out loud and then followed by asking each other questions about our personal values. After classes, we had a special treat from Ms. Sydney B.- banana bread. After this delicious snack, everyone gathered for shower and study time. Later, we mustered for a creative squeeze question (if you owned an island, describe what it would look like/ what would be on it?) and an amazing dinner of spaghetti and meatballs. Just as we were preparing for dinner clean up, someone shouted ‘Whale!’ and everyone ran to the stern to watch a huge whale breach multiple times. Two of the times, the whale was 90% above the water. We continued watching for the next several minutes before eventually continuing on our way across the Atlantic. From the features that we could distinguish, we think it was a humpback whale.
P.S. We hit 4000 nautical miles on our trip this morning!