Another day to windward. Smash… smash… that’s the sound of the bow hitting the sharp waves at 7 knots as we draw closer to the Spanish coast. Thanks to Jim’s Mum for the delicious ginger cake that has been keeping us going through the night watches. Yum! There is some heavy weather around the corner so we plan to shelter in La Coruna for the evening. By coincidence this evening happens to be skipper James’ birthday! He’s 32 today and has so far spent his birthday fixing things although the crew sang happy birthday to him at 2am and we’re told he did get a cup of coffee and a hug off his girlfriend at watch change.
An update on nature watch from Colette – because yesterday was a fabulous day for it. We have seen loads of dolphins. They were almost permanently with us for the first couple of days with sightings both day and night. I’m pretty certain they were all short-beaked common dolphins (it’s hard to tell at night). These are the same species as the ones seen in Richard’s video on our trip from Stornoway. The short-beaked common dolphin is a very playful, smallish dolphin around 2 m long that usually swims around in schools of 15 – 20. As well as that we saw a pod of pilot whales, a small species of whale not much bigger than a dolphin. Three of the pilot whales broke off from the main pod for a short while to bowride with us. And just shortly after, the call of whale got me out of bed once more. This time it was a “proper whale”, i.e. a big one. Unfortunately I just caught the grey back as it dived down deep and couldn’t make an identification.