Life & Travels Afloat in our Moody
We filled our fuel tanks and jerry cans before leaving Agadir, not least as it was only 65p a litre! Heading off on another 250nm passage, it was a case of sailing until the wind died, motoring for a bit, and then sailing again. Hours after setting out, yet another lively pod of dolphins came to play, mostly females with young. It is impossible to get tired of such visitors, weaving their spells around the bow of the boat, only inches from the hull. Some leaping clear of the water to provide a spectacular show. In the distance there was a larger creature that spouted, probably a pilot whale.
The passage was later livened up by an unusual visitor, in the form of a young grey heron. Probably not the brightest of its species, and very tired as it made a real effort to try and catch us up. These slow flying birds are not normally seen well offshore, and one suspects those that are may not make land again. However this one fought to stay aboard despite the lack of grip on the deck.
Not that long after, we were joined by a canary, first perching on the rail and then inspecting the boat in greater detail, inside and out. Maybe just practicing navigation because of the time it spent studying the chartplotter!
The heron left after about 12 hours, at about 3.30am. One feared for it given that we were around 50nm from land at that point.
Another 24 hours and we were anchoring off Playa Blanca, Lanzarote, prior to moving into the marina, stowing everything, and heading back to the UK. A shame because we would have liked to take a few days to rest up, but Steve has to be on a plane back to South Africa within 48 hours to do some more work. Never mind, hopefully we will make it back before too long.