Yesterday, we had another breaking wave hit the stern deck and the Monitor wind vane line parted again. So we hove to once more, this time in 28 knots of wind and about 12-foot waves. Heaving to settles the boat down and makes it easier to work. We had to have new line for this repair and the closest line of the same size was our spinnaker pole halyard. Steve again climbed over the stern and onto the Monitor bracket--tethered to the boat, of course. We ran the new line and got it all hooked up. This time it took us just an hour and a half. It was a good exercise, but we would both like to be finished with that drill.
The weather is definitely warmer and more humid, and everything feels damp. At least the rain showers have provided a good washing for the boat, as she was getting pretty salty. There are flying fish on deck every morning. They have huge eyes for the size of their bodies. One morning we plan to cook some up for breakfast because people say they are quite good. Today I spotted a black fin on the water, but I am not sure what it was. It didn't swim like a dolphin, so it may have been a shark. Two days ago, we saw several whales about 50 yards from the boat. The nights are spectacular with all the stars and the moon.
Well, I have to close now in order to attend a scheduled meeting of the planning committee for Equator crossing party.
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