Olympia's Tigress - Olympia's Tigress blog 4: Flying fish sabotages mid atlantic gybe.......Of course it did..... (To be read in David Attenborough style voice)
Olympia's Tigress blog 4: Flying fish sabotages mid atlantic gybe.......Of course it did..... (To be read in David Attenborough style voice)
The beautiful days are beginning to blend - a series of sunrises, cloud-spotting, sunsets and star-gazing. Gentle house music guides us through the tasks of helming, trimming and easing. As day turns to night, the watches cycle with more predictability now. If one looks very closely onboard Olympia's Tigress, a vast array of wildlife may be found. Take the saloon bunk on the port side for instance. Here, if one times this rare sighting correctly, one may spot a perfectly peaceful slumbering female Tigress as she recharges her batteries from a long day protecting her pack. And in an aft cabin, one may find a lesser spotted crew member or helmsman, struggling, at times, to control his or her own body temperature or to stifle a rather loud snore during a hallucinogenic Stugeron induced dream. In the daytime, at about midday, one may be fortunate enough to sight a rare half-clothed CrossFit champion or Viking, repping out some squats or push ups, or a pint-sized curly haired helm
slady taking a bucket shower.
And on the rarest of times, the entire Team Tigress can be found on deck, jointly gazing to the waters and gasping at some awesome real wildlife stunners, who occasionally grace us with their presence, forcing us all to silence and wonder...
Much to my surprise we continue to see birds, we've also seen a baby turtle, popping to the surface for a quick breath and belly roll. He simultaneously punched out a high-five with his flipper before descending back into the deep blue. We've seen endless pods of dolphins, clicking and singing to us as they weave in and out whilst playing at the bow. A highlight was a sunrise visit from a pod of rare False Orcas; oily black and leathery skinned with larger breathing holes than a regular dolphin. They have rounded noses and look very much like their larger cousin the killer whale. We all sat on deck with our bowls of porridge awestruck as they raced us westward for at least half an hour. We regularly delight at the quantity of flying fish who scatter from our hull in droves and at times make it to the nirvana that is the Deck Slam Dunk. We've decided it must be a high honour and right of passage for all flying fish to achieve a 'deck beaching,' something which all baby flying
fish train for many years to achieve. The parents of last night's high achiever, scoring a clear 10/10 for timing by slapping loudly in the pit about one minute into a full-crew nighttime gibe, must be so proud.
That's it from me for another blog. Over, until next time.
Kat and the rest of Team Tigress, sailing westward with good speed now directly towards St Lucia!