Of Some Cooling and Tropicbirds

May 2, 2019

Day 209

Noon Position: 09 40N  38 22W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): NW 6.5

Wind(t/tws): NExN 12

Sea(t/ft): NE 5

Sky: Clear then solid altocumulus; then clear again.

10ths Cloud Cover: 6

Bar(mb): 1017

Cabin Temp(f): 86

Water Temp(f): 79

Relative Humidity(%): 67

Sail: Working jib and main, reaching, starboard

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 166

Miles since departure: 28,176

Avg. Miles/Day: 135

Leg North Miles: 5,226

Leg North Days: 43

Avg. Miles/Day: 122

Mo is cranking out the miles as if she’s a space ship on a long, straight shot for deep space. Next stop, the rings of Saturn.

This morning at 6am, the cabin temperature was 79 degrees. That’s the first time the cabin has been below 80 in the morning since April 12th. At noon, water temperature was 79 degrees–first time below 80 since April 10th.

Even without the numbers, I can tell it’s beginning to cool; I’ve pulled a sheet over me at some time in the night for two nights running. Previously it’s been too hot for any cover at all.

Tropicbirds have visited twice in the last two days. In the Pacific, they’ll be seen routinely, if infrequently, anywhere between 30N and 30S, but this is our first sighting in the Atlantic.

Small, stocky, white birds that come in close to inspect Mo and her inhabitants, they give the impression of a dog looking for scraps.

There are three varieties of Tropicbirds: Red-Tailed, White-Tailed and Red-Billed. This ocean hosts the latter two. The most distinctive feature: as the name suggests, a long, quill of a tail feather.

Today’s inquisitor, White-Tailed. Immature. No long quill of a tail feather.

They also, both in this ocean and the Pacific, try to land at the masthead. They never succeed here or there. After many circlings, they give a “khraik” and fly off in disgust.

No food; no place to sit down; what use is it?

2 Comments on “Of Some Cooling and Tropicbirds

  1. I LOVE those Tropic Birds. They always seem to come in pairs. Like you said, they check us out, circle for a while and then disappear always clacking to one another as if saying, “She’s a lovely boat but what a motley crew!” They are a herald of landfalls and greeters of joy at sea!

  2. Good to be north of 0. Watching your course I think you are heading straight for Nova Scotia
    Can you give some insight to how far west you think you need to be?
    Fair and speedy winds

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