Second day since relaunch.
My apologies for delegating my mother to write my blog last night. It
was quite possibly one of the roughest nights I have spent at sea (7
metre swell topped off with wind waves), and I was still getting my sea
legs, and tapping away on a laptop was simply beyond me.
It was so rough that I put out the sea anchor, not to mitigate backwards
drift which is the usual reason, but to reduce risk of capsize. The sea
anchor holds the bow into the waves so the water flows down the sides of
the boat, rather than broadsiding her and knocking her over.
The ocean wasn’t exactly breaking me back in gently. I reckon I got
about half an hour’s sleep in total. The rest of the night I lay in my
bunk, being bounced around by the waves, worrying. I couldn’t help
wondering if the repaired towing eye was strong enough to hold the sea
anchor, and whether water was getting into the locker where the
watermaker pump now lives, and whether I was going to capsize.
To be honest, I was quite scared. The ocean was in a wild mood, and my
worries were getting the better of me. I had to give myself stern
talking to, to remind myself to have faith in Shane and Glen’s skill, to
have faith in my boat, and to have faith in myself.
After what felt like one of the longest nights of my life, morning
finally came. I am happy to report that the towing eye (and therefore
the sea anchor) remained attached to the boat, and that the watermaker
pump was well clear of any water. And although rather tired today, I
survived the night with sanity more or less intact.
So we are back in business.
I hope you’ll have seen some of the pics of my departure yesterday
morning. Thank you so much to the friends who came along to see me off –
Don and Margaret Ferguson from Leeman, Daryl and Gaynor Gangell from
Geraldton, Shane Donegan, Colin Leonhardt, Lesley, the folks from GWN
TV, and of course June – who hopefully by now is about to get on a plane
back to San Francisco, finally relieved of her charge. Thanks, Daryl,
for the Dairy Milk Easter eggs. ‘Fraid I’m not quite managing to ration
myself to one a day, but there are still a few left!
Photo: Not even a cloud in the sky to photograph today, so we’ll have to
make do with a pic of me!
Nicola Tsang, Anke Altermann, James van Bemmel, Geoff Howard, Doug Grandt, Tanya Babalow, Phil Connor, Dominic Howell, Michael Abolins, Curtis Zingg, Shannon Fogg, Tim Hockman, James Borleis, David Quinlan.