Land Ho – Isla de Guadeloupe

The champagne sailing continues – sunshine and warmth during the day, stars at night and the moon, with a huge ring or halo around it, lighting up the sky. And of course it’s all downwind with te A1 or the A2 up, depending on wind strength. I’m happy to say that the A2 is holding up beautifully, still looking very handsome with its new ‘go faster’ stripe. Written on Day 4
This morning we had albatrosses again, 2 or 3 Laysan ones, with their smart black and white coloring. I thought we’d left them behind with the North Pacific. Probably they are using Isla de Guadeloupe, whose towring rocky mass we passed this afternoon, as a base. We’ve also started to se sea turtles, flippering determinedly along – so we really know we are reaching the south. We’ve had regular dolphins with dorsal fins that is, in the evenings. And our French sea mammal book identifies the amazing, torpedo like, finless ones as ‘Lissodelphis Borealis’. Now we have no idea what that is in English, but we do know its a member of the dolphin family and not a pygmy killer whale, whatever Eric and Olly may say in their skipper blogs.
It’s been a fantastic race beginning for our new joiners – the boat is relatively flat, the motion is gentle, and it’s dry inside and out. It’s a nice restful time for us RTWers too – we are still recovering from the North Pacific and a busy stopover in San Francisco. One thing that is not doing quite so well is the crew computer – characters are gradually disappearing from the keyboard. So don’t be surprised if my spelling and punctuation become more and more erratic. From Team Henri Lloyd YOPS, south of Isla de Guadeloupe, goodnight.

2 thoughts on “Land Ho – Isla de Guadeloupe

  1. According to Wikipaedia, Lissodelphis Borealis is the Northern Right Whale Dolphin, so I guess Eric can keep calling it a whale if he wants.

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