Only one more day to go and then we will arrive in St. Martin. In the last hours of darkness I thought I was imagining the occasional snorting sounds behind the boat, but when the sun came up I noticed that a solitary very large dolphin was swimming just below the surface at the stern of the boat, but when I got the camera out of the cabin he'd drifted off and I woke Bernd and Carmen up in the process - they dutifully stared off the side of the boat but no dolphins or other creatures came close again.
Dinner was a zestful vegetarian ragout with couscous, but one can see from the pictures that the boat was heeled over quite a bit which made both preparation and eating a bit difficult, but luckily hunger overcomes trivial problems such as that.

The camera shy dolphin On the morning of the last full day asea in the Atlantic I heard snorting noises and saw a very big dolphin swimming next to the boat. By the time I got the camera out and took a pot-luck photo all I saw was the vague blowing up a waterspout in the distance. Oh well, I'll hopefully be better prepared next time around.
(2011-12-15 12:12:43 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/125s] ISO 400 Focus 4.73m)
The camera shy dolphin
Searching for Dolphins I saw a single dolphin next to the hull and woke Bernd and Carmen up when I went below to get the camera. We searched for the pod for at least 30 minutes with absolutely no luck at all. I am sure that both of them were thinking "We are not amused" as they were off watch and comfortably asleep before this non-event.
(2011-12-15 18:17:25 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/10.0, 1/400s] ISO 400 Focus ∞)
Searching for Dolphins

(2011-12-15 18:18:05 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/100s] ISO 100 Focus 0.50m)
Last full day at sea Bernd and Carmen hydrating in the cockpit on our last day at sea, 7 days into the journey from Norfolk, VA to St. Martin.
(2011-12-15 18:20:01 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 2.66m)
Last full day at sea
Cooking at sea I took a picture of our dinner on the stove, the right pots holds a vegetarian ragout and the left one holds couscous. The slant of the stovetop is not an optical illusion, the boat was rolling quite a bit and the stove is swinging around so that the pots and pans stay (relatively) upright.
(2011-12-15 22:47:13 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/60s] ISO 800 Focus 1.33m)
Cooking at sea
Couscous and ragout afloat I took a picture of our dinner on the stove, the right pots holds a vegetarian ragout and the left one holds couscous. The slant of the stovetop is not an optical illusion, the boat was rolling quite a bit and the stove is swinging around so that the pots and pans stay (relatively) upright.
(2011-12-15 22:46:57 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.8, 1/60s] ISO 800 Focus 1.12m)
Couscous and ragout afloat
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