Dave woke up at 6:00. After we had breakfast, he made the decision to run our engine since there was even less wind predicted for today. At 6:30 am, he started the engine and ran it at 1000 rpm (we usually use close to 2000rpm).
|taking down the spinnaker
|we have never seen the ocean this flat
Somewhere around 10:00 or 11:00, we hit the Gulf Stream as we were going north west. So we turned north and noticed more speed. We went from 5 mph to 7 mph. At 1:30 pm, when we shut off the engine to check the oil, we were still moving 3 mph in the current. By 6:30 pm, the wind was picking up and we were able to go back to only sails. We had 7 knot winds and were moving 7 mph with the gulf stream. So we were happy with that.
About 7:00 pm, we spotted pilot whales. They are a large species of dolphins. They were playing in the water like dolphins, but we could tell they were larger. Pretty soon they came up to our boat. Since we had the engine off, we could hear them spouting near our bow. So we both went up there and were able to get a couple good pictures of them. Their noses are more square and they are about 20 feet long. We felt fortunate to get to experience that.
We had meatloaf and a couscous and vegetable salad for dinner. Then I went to bed early again. That schedule has been working out. This time I slept until 2:00 am Tuesday. Dave would set his phone alarm for 15 minutes and lay down in the cockpit. But he was glad to go to bed and slept until 7:00 am. We had 15 knot winds and were traveling between 7 and 9 mph all night with clear skies and beautiful stars.