Pushed along by a favourable current and aided by slack winds, we made good eastward progress towards our ultimate stop: Cape Town. We are midway on our four-day passage. The nearest point of land is Gough Island in the Tristan da Cunha archipelago. The curious-looking spectacled petrels were our constant companions today as they followed in our wake. It is a privilege to see so many of these rare and threatened seabirds.