Day 29
I have worked out the answer. What is the question? The question is Why are we all finding it so easy to sleep in our bunks when at sea? The answer to this lies in the rocking motion of the boat. How do you get babies to sleep? You rock them. It seems to work as well for us adults as for babies.
The wind was less today and it dropped through the morning. Just as I was settling down for an afternoon nap the sails were all furled and the boat stopped. Swimming time. Even in the gentle breeze the boat drifts so we float a long line with a buoy at the end just in case someone gets too far away. The stern of the boat opens out to give a great platform and a small ladder. It is easy to get back onto the boat.
If you want to feel the size of the ocean then swim a couple of times around the boat (20 metres long) in a gentle swell in four thousand metre deep water. I am not a very strong swimmer. The ocean felt vast. Anni has a GoPro camera so she could get some pictures when in the water.
Niall took the opportunity of calm weather to change the sheet on the Yankee. I have been calling this front sail a Genoa but I learn it is a Yankee because of its shape. A Genoa has the bottom of the sail close to the deck. A Yankee has the bottom of the sail cut away so you can see underneath it. The fishermen in Newfoundland used to have sails this shape hence the name. Certainly, being able to see under the sail helps us to spot any dolphins or whales.
I have seen lots of flying fish in the past few days. They are fantastic fliers and can be airborne for twenty or thirty metres. They are rubbish at landing and have not perfected this aspect of flight yet. They must get tired and then just flop back into the water with a splash.