RTW Day 204: South Pacific- Hotel Nereida welcomes a guest

Monday 13th May 2013

7am
On deck in strong winds-face to face with brown noddy on port winch.
Reduced genoa-with big grey mass of clouds ahead with grey overcast.

Midday
Clouds thinning, winds down-still NE.
Course has been only 340T since morning.
Brown noddy landed on foredeck as well as is in the cockpit- it had a long black spear like bill for fishing.
Downloading weather faxes.

1pm
Course, finally, due N,  seas 4.3kt.

8pm
Brown noddy has adopted the boat- identified as a female with help of N7RY and VK4DBJ. Just settled into short nap before evening radio sked when heavy rain fell- I saw the boat was turning N-NE – NW-SW!
Realised sails had been backed by sudden change of wind.
Up on deck to get us back on course-shared the cockpit with the brown noddy- not worried by my presence. Bird has now been named Brownie. Had meal in cockpit tonight with Brownie a couple of feet away- no problem.

24hr DMG to 2300GMT: 100 n.ml. Strait of Juan de Fuca: 4309 n.ml.

From KC2IOV/MM By HF radio. Copied by Jim, WB2REM Port St. Lucie, FL

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For my positions and track, see:
www.svnereida.com - 'Travels' - "Where is 'Nereida'?"
and/or:
http://www.exactearth.com/media-centre/recent-ship-tracks/tracking-nereida/

Written by : Mike

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