Day 58: Humans are Great. But I Might Be Biased

I hope I didn’t sound too misanthropic in my blog a couple of days ago. I meant what I said yesterday – that I love human beings, at least as individuals, if not always en masse. I wouldn’t be trying so hard to save our skins if I didn’t care about our continued existence. We really are amazing creatures. I think we often forget just … Continued

Day 57: Got Eggs?

Late this afternoon I was pulling in the sea anchor, and got quite a surprise. Last year on the Pacific the sea anchor drew in a very exciting visit from a baby whale shark, evidently fascinated by the big red-and-yellow jellyfish-like thing. The whale shark then spent the next 20 minutes circling my boat. Today’s haul wasn’t quite as exciting, but was definitely the second … Continued

Day 56:All That Construction is Making Me Itch

I get requests to do various interviews-by-email while I am at sea. It’s not that easy finding time to do them, the daily blog pretty much using up the time I can bear to sit in the cabin working at a laptop, but I do my best to get around to them eventually. After all, that’s what I’m out here for, isn’t it – to … Continued

Day 55: Consuming the Planet

After I finished reading Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy (by Martin Lindstrom) it really got me thinking about how we are being manipulated by advertisers and corporations, and in combination with Don’t Eat This Book: Fast Food and the Supersizing of America (by Morgan Spurlock, he of Supersize Me fame) it has given me a double whammy of food for thought – … Continued

Day 54: A Corduroy Moment

I had a little starstruck moment today, which boosted crew morale considerably. I had called Mum, as she’d texted to say that my transponder hadn’t updated my position for a few hours, and I wanted to reassure her that I was okay and to find out if it had started working again. We didn’t have a very good connection on the satphone, so I was … Continued

Day 53: A Fishy Photo – Hurrah!

I’m so excited. I finally managed to not only see some fish, but get a photo to show you. This picture was taken this morning, when the water was beautifully calm and as I glanced over the side of my boat I saw some fishy shapes moving beneath Sedna. It wasn’t possible for me to get any idea of distance, so I don’t know how … Continued

Day 52: The Most remote Human Being On Earth

Tonight I was out on the deck of my boat a couple of hours after nightfall, brushing my teeth. As I looked up at the Milky Way and around me at the dark ocean, the thought occurred to me that I could quite possibly be the most geographically remote human being on Earth – as in, the furthest distance from the next human being. I … Continued

Day 51: Sunsaver Giving Me The Evil Eye

Today was a great day for rowing – or would have been, if I’d been able to spend more time at the oars. As it was, I spent much of the early afternoon poking around behind the control panel with a screwdriver, trying to get my electrical system working again. I checked the battery monitor around lunchtime, in preparation for running the watermaker, and my … Continued

Day 50 As if by Magic, Fish Appeared

Today I started seeing fish. I don’t know if it was like the Magic Eye pictures where you suddenly “get” how to look at them, with your eyes slightly unfocussed, and as if by magic 3D images emerge from the mass of coloured dots. Maybe the fish had been there all along, and I just hadn’t “got” how to look for them. But you would … Continued

Day 49: Surfing The (Brain) Waves

Today was another gorgeous day on the ocean. You know the Japanese painting of the wave, with the perfect curling white crest? Waves like that were all around me today, and a large swell would come along once in a while and lift Sedna right up, so I could see for miles, across a huge vista of whitecaps. Of course, the waves that look so … Continued