Threading the needle

We got our heart rate going today.
Although we had numerous whale sightings earlier in the day, we were still excited to see another whale dead ahead, swimming toward us. It was relatively large, had a beautiful long back and spouted water a couple of times right in front of us.
To avoid a collision we bore off a bit and were looking forward to a close encounter to windward.
What we had missed until then, was the fact that our friend was not alone. He had another three buddies next to him (and to leeward, where we were heading) and we quickly found ourselves surrounded by whales, passing Tioga quite closely on either side. An exciting moment and the highlight of the day.
Not far behind was the fact that we enjoyed a crystal-clear night with stargazing opportunities galore. Satellites, constellations and at least 1 or more shooting star per minute made for short watches.
Of course, the fact that we had fluorescent dolphins during the night made this night even more memorable.

The weather forecast we got in Ireland (and subsequent updates) has been extremely accurate and the northeasterly kicked in as expected this morning at 4:00.
We are reaching down south in 12-15kn wind, under blue skies and a lot less clothes than before. We are lot more concerned about sunburn now than we were in Scotland.

Another baby-dolphin sighting made us wonder if there is a season for them that we were not aware of?

Steak, veggies and rice ( and as always hot sauce) rounded of the day.
Max’s estimate of 123nm was closest to our Etmal of 122nm. We are expecting a much higher number for tomorrow and hope to arrive in A Coruna in the late afternoon.

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  1. Thanks Philip, So good to hear from you every night!  Please tell Marc we miss him and everything is good!God speed ,Val

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