Today I declared my email capabilities officially dead. Mentally I have already moved on. That’s just the way it is, and there is nothing to be done about it until I get back to dry land.
I think I had already resigned myself to this fact but out of a sense of duty I spent the whole morning on the phone to Rob at Remote Satellite (thank you Rob for being so generous with your time on a Sunday) and Paul at Vizada as we to try to solve the problem. My whole cabin was strewn with PCs, satellite phones and cables as we tried every possible permutation.
But is was not to be, and as the morning wore on I got more and more cranky at being cramped in my hot stuffy cabin while rowing conditions outside were relatively cool and pleasant.
So it was with a sense of relief that we finally declared the system to be beyond hope. I felt the need to purge my living quarters of techno-hassle so I removed every bit of defunct kit from my sleeping cabin and relegated it to the forward storage cabin. It left my control panel looking strangely denuded but I couldn’t stand having all that stuff lying around being pointless. So now it is out of the way and I can forget about it.
It could be worse. On the Atlantic I had no communications at all for the last 24 days, when my one and only satphone broke. My transponder was still working so my progress was still visible on the on-line map, but I was totally incommunicado apart from one occasion when I managed to make radio contact with a passing ship to let my mother know that I was OK.
I was actually quite content in my glorious isolation. I felt very lucky to be totally alone unto myself for those precious weeks. It was a rare privilege in this day and age when on one level we have so much communication, but on another level, so little connection. So much information, but so little understanding.
Other stuff: Despite my wasted morning conspired to give me my best day’s mileage ever – around 60 nautical miles including some good progress south. The breeze has helped to keep the conditions relatively comfortable too. Praise be to the weather gods and long may it continue.
No sign of Alf the spider today although maybe he took his morning exercise while I was confined to quarters dealing with text problems.
My new favourite lunch is the mock turkey crackers handmade for me by Marlene Depierre in Hawaii. The main ingredients of mock turkey are cashew nuts and cranberries with a few other savoury bits and bobs. Yummy cheese and plum jam
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