Another great day on the cold blue sea. Oracle seemed to be pushing harder still and the center hull was very high out of the water on many occasions. Still we only measured top speed at about 33kts. Maybe they made more, but we weren’t looking at the knotmeter then. They had an ugly old ripped/patched head sail up most part of the late day. Wind wasn’t more than about 10kts and was a little gusty. One interesting thing today was the helmsmen (not sure who – you can figure out from the images later) was working hard. Up 10, down 10, up 10 again. Sometimes course changed more than 15 degrees in just a few seconds all while holding good speed. He seemed to have lots of work to do and was quite busy while keeping up good boat speed.
At one point, while at top speed, they spotted something ahead. A pod of blue whales interrupted their progress. The chase boats went ahead to clear them but they didn’t want to move. Finally, BMWO was too close and had to alter course to avoid them. Whales are no longer afraid of boats as we’ve all been nice to them for so long now. I got a few boring whale shots, but the only one with BMWO and a whale is attached. Nice to see those big guys coming to say ‘hey’. The crew seemed to enjoy seeing them as they all ran up to the forward beam to get a good look. Surely those sailors have seen tons of whales – but they somehow still enjoy seeing more. More to come. –