During the last hour of my nightly shift with Fred, we detected a bright, yellow flashing light. And we are were still more than 400 miles away from land. We tried to find it in our navigation charts, but couldn’t find it neither on the electronic chart nor on the paper chart. Based on the light’s signature (we saw flashing(4), but it should be flashing(5) usually), it could only be a weather buoy, but we couldn’t confirm. This really made our shift much shorter, and the next morning we got the solution. Jochen had another navigation chart, that also had a recent list of weather buoys, and this one was included.
In the morning I could enjoy a very nice sunrise during my next shift (and we are alr eady very selective regarding sunrises and sunsets, most of the time nobody even takes his camera out), here are some impressions:
And the moon was also still present …
In the afternoon, while the others were playing cards (this time the looser had to peel of some very resisting plastic foil from the solar panels, guess who made this proposal ;-)), I prepared different pasta sauces for dinner (a spicy variant of Ammatriciana and a vegetarian alternative). Suddenly Casi shouted fish, as it is Friday, and Friday is fish day, this perfectly fitted. So I stopped cooking and went out to land the fish and get it kitchen ready. It was another mackerel (Seriola rivoliana, the same kind as last Friday), but a bit smaller, about 40 cm. We decided to stay with the pasta for today and eat it tomorrow and try to catch another fish. And we had luck, just when I was starting to serve dinner, we got another one, again the same mackerel, this time around 35 cm. So overall we have caught 4 mackerel till now, and a few days left for fishing.
We also saw another ship, but just via AIS on the navigation plotter, at the time of the closest approach, it was about 11 miles away from us, but we couldn’t see it even with binoculars. We expect to reach Martinique on Monday, the main question is whether we will arrive during office hours for the immigration procedure or not.
The day in numbers (noon to noon, all time in UTC):
position at noon: 14° 42,2′ N 054° 01,8′ W
distance through water travelled: 133 nm
wind speed: 11-28 kn
wind direction: ESE -> E -> ENE