Song of the Whale - Queen’s Ransom’s Transatlantic crossing in support of whales
Queen’s Ransom III is a Najad 520 from Gosport, UK, crossing the Atlantic in 2009
arrival: port: departure:
 Santa Cruz, Tenerife, Islas Canarias, Espagna 29/11/2009
05/12/2009 Mindelo, São Vicente, Arquipélago de Cabo Verde 06/12/2009
20/12/2009 Bridgetown, Barbados 21/12/2009
22/12/2009 St. George's, Grenada 
crew: Ulric Almqvist (S), Peter Hjelt (GB), Hans Piest (NL) 
these webpages are modified versions of the corresponding pages of Queen's Ransom III's original BLOG
found at:
Flying fish
Ulric ENE5
12/01/2009, Between the Canaries and Cape Verde

Flying fish don't always land in the water ... (Hans)

First of December; it is supposedly the first day in a winter calendar month, but with 27 degrees inside the cabin and 23 degrees on the outside it is somewhat hard to believe. It is now half past ten in the evening and I am sitting at my favourite place; the navigation station with a cup of coffee and a piece of chocolate in my hand. Peter saw a flying fish today, but it was resolutely heading in a different direction than us and we weren't colliding. Thank goodness! The other remarkable thing was to pass the "Endeavour sea mountain". The ocean suddenly is 163 meters deep instead of 4000 meters plus.

It has today felt that Queenie was on a downhill sleigh ride to the Cape Verde islands; a machine surfing down the waves in 7-8 knots, hitting 9 knots at times! It was marginally too much wind for the gennaker so we hoisted the staysail together with the poled out genoa. It took some time to set it up as we were quite rusty. It is not likely that the addition of the staysail give much of an improvement of the speed, but it will stabilize the boat, as it is sheeted in and the only sail preventing the rolling from side to side.

I started to read a book called "The Day the Whale Came" by Lynn Cox; a professional swimmer encountering a baby whale looking for her mum. It was a gift from my wife Imelda in May towards this sailing adventure. One of the areas that Imelda has a very good influence is encouraging a spiritual side of me. I am unfortunately wedded to "to do" lists and "rational thinking" all the time. I need to break out of that. If I wouldn't succeed with this on a twenty day Atlantic crossing, I will never succeed.