We are now completely around Cape Hatteras and following the edge of the Gulf Stream as we wait for an opportunity to cross it. For those unaware the Gulf Stream is a global current often described as a river in the sea. Currents in the Stream can reach in excess of 4-knots, which is like running on a treadmill – we move through the water but make no progress forward. Too, when the wind blows against this current the waves tend to heap up and sailing becomes rather uncomfortable. Our plan is to follow along and cross where it is narrow and the current is relatively weak, currently this has us turn to the South approximately 90nm East of Georgetown Light, South Carolina… So sometime late tomorrow morning will be what we shot for but time will tell.
We’ve been motoring much but we did get to sail quietly for about eight hours through the night. Interestingly, the wind filled in just as the captain was about to go off watch and so the boat ran silently during his entire sleep. For now we are motor-sailing along with good wind from the wrong direction. Later today it is forecast to clock some which should allow us to secure the engine for some time.
Temperatures are up, we brushed the edge of the Stream earlier and saw water temps just over 80F. Glorious!
- Dolphins and whales (we think) and more sea turtles. What appeared to be a whale blow hole just broke the surface of the water ten meters from the boat, very exciting!
- Pistachio, our stowaway friend, seems to have found us dull companions and has left. Good luck little buddy.
- Yesterday’s “shower day” was a great success!
MESSAGES FROM THE CREW (the ones not currently swabbing the deck):
Colin—–Fully engaged in an extensive study, and comprehensive analysis of the risings and settings, of the sun and moon. I take a break, and gain great solace, only in watching Jason sleep.To the REAL First Mate: The wound is healing perfectly. It is checked regularly, with or without his knowledge.
Peter—–Cancel forwarding mail, nothing I really want anyway.
Michael——-Last night I saw the probably the most beautiful moonrise in my life. I wish you were all here to see it. In the early morning watch (3am-6am) a family of six dolphins decided to keep Colin and I company and swim within 2 feet of the Blue Moon for an hour or so off the shore of North Carolina. It was a pretty amazing (and warm) night. I can not wait to go swimming in the water!Remember – “The gum you like is coming back into style” ;)
That’s all for now,
–Crew of s/v Blue Moon
Position Log (each day at 9am):
Delivery – Day Three