Day 5 Nov 28th

we awoke to a becalmed sea, a clear sky and the prospect of a Days sun bathing. No wind turned the ocean into a mirror.The calm gave us the opportunity to throw JE over the starboard to try and free the propeller, it having become entangled in our fishing line following an ill conceived '360 doughnut' executed the previous day. JE - the consumate professional he is - did an outstanding job cutting the line and retaining some important tackle. (in fact, whether the success of this mission was done to JE's tenacity or our threat not to let him back on the boat, we will never know)

The calm gave us the opportunity to do some washing, read, fish and catch some rays. ( thats sun rays, not the fish!)

But they were too smart to take the bait.

A couple of hours later we were visited by 3 Pilot whales. they were as big as our boat and circled us  at about 30 metres for about an hour.

They were feeding off the large quantity of plankton that seemed to follow us and which was responsible for the magnificent phospherescence, regularly surfacing to vent and breathe.

e celebrated our good fortune with small G&T and were feeling quite pleased with ourselves until Vale delivered the news potentially going to experience some heavy weather tonigh with up to 30 knot gusts. A test for our waterproofs.

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Speed: 2.1 knots @ 254.38°

Position at: 29 Nov 2013 00:00 UTC

Lat/Lon: 24° 19.51 N, 024° 4.44 W

DTF: 2179.7 NM

13th in Racing B