Location: Underway to Gibraltar
Today we lost sight of land once more as Sao Miguel faded in the distance on our way towards Gibraltar and the Mediterranean Sea. Fortunately for us, the Azores had one parting gift for us, and it came in the form of a whale sighting. Not just any whale sighting though, a pod of Orcas (aka Killer Whales). And not only was it a pod of Orcas, but it was a pod of Orcas that we believe we’re actually hunting and feeding on a sperm whale. This was the kind of thing you see on National Geographic. We were close enough to Sao Miguel for Captain Ian to learn that this kind of sighting is incredibly rare, so once more, the Azores have given me yet another reason to fall madly in love with them.
On top of that, we all got to be a little nostalgic of younger days with grilled cheese and tomato soup for lunch, and I got the chance to feel right at home in New Jersey with some breakfast for dinner. Both meals left all of those on the boat satisfied, all compliments of our head chef Allison.
As a crew member writing this, I get to talk about some slightly different topics than the shipmates. For example, I continued our seamanship class today as the group worked on various ways to find our position (deduced reckonings and 3-bearing fixes). For now, with charts and tools strewn about the main salon, they navigate their way through the Chesapeake Bay (training charts), but as we make our way into the Straits of Gibraltar, they’ll be using the techniques they learn in class to safely navigate us through the incredibly busy and tight corridor that are the Straits. Soon we’ll begin lessons on celestial navigation for those who are interested and hopefully a slew of other topics the shipmates have expressed interest in. For now, though, our day comes to a close once more surrounded by nothing but water and clear skies with the hopes for a night full of stars and gloriously bright waning moon.