Another beautiful day. Winds forward of abeam keeping us cool. Many dolphins in the distance, including one jumping clear of the water, but they apparently have no interest in us. One ship on the horizon. Light winds during the day had me convinced that we could not make our destination by tomorrow night. But after dark the wind has picked up, and we’re doing 9 knots to windward in reasonable comfort. If this wind would hold (which seems unlikely based on experience to date) we could still make it. Not that we’re in a hurry to arrive, but we don’t look forward to “killing time” for an entire night waiting for daylight so we can enter the harbor.
Last night we had a pink-footed booby (a bird) roosting on our sprit stay all night, and he’s back again tonight. Tim keeps inviting him into the pilot house and offering him things to eat, but he seems content just to perch and get a free ride. In addition I can see in the moonlight that there are three more birds that are “leading the way” — flying just ahead of our jib. Sometimes they break away and fly off, but before long they are back. It’s eerie seeing them fly by in the moonlight.
Our latitude is 0 degrees, 17 minutes north. That is, we’re just 17 nautical miles north of the equator. We’ll cross it during the night after my watch, which is exciting but a little disappointing because I’d like to be awake at the time. I just think it would be cool to watch the navigation system show 0.00 latitude and switch from north to south…