Yesterday was a pretty spectacular day out here. After about 7 hours of sleep I came on deck where Tom had set up his iPod and a set of speakers and was listening to aband called Black Seeds (a kind of Reggae jam band). They had also rigged a sun shade over the helm turning the after deck into a sun porch. It was blowing about 20kts and was sunny with just a little chop. I was on the Starboard side next to the mizzen when I saw what looked like a puff of smoke at about 1 o´clock heading down the side of Nordwind in the opposite direction. As it got closer, it continued to blow and was ID´d as a Pilot Whale. A smaller whale about 20-25 ft long with a bulbous head. It actually turned and looked at us as it passed by only 60 or so feet away from us. A really cool thing to see.
Today looks like we are in for the same conditions as the squalls have not come into play. My shift was from 5-9am and we spent the morning surfing down 20 ft waves. It is a pretty amazing feeling driving this 88ft, 70 ton ship down these, but you really don´t get a sense of it until you go to the bow and really feel the power and momentum of this boat.