Dictated by Roz and transcribed by her mother, due to demise of technology.
Position: -04.74758S 154.91690E
This is all so sudden, having been fully prepared to spend 100 or so days at sea, this time it looks as though I am on for a much faster crossing. In fact, even accounting for the necessary detour round the bottom of New Britain, it could all be over in two or three weeks from now.
Given the unpredictability of where I would end up, let alone when, we have been taken rather by surprise. For the last few days my mother and I have started to discuss arrival logistics, but there is a lot to do and a rapidly diminishing window of time in which to do it.
We are following up on offers of introductions from Jean-Michel Cousteau, who I met at TED Galapagos only last month (wow, seems like a lifetime ago!) and Andy Warner and Larry Davis. Thanks to them for offering up their contacts. We are also going to contact the local yacht club, and find out if the British Council has a presence in Madang. Hopefully these things will happen, and happen fast.
My personal logistics are relatively straightforward. It is the boat logistics that are more complicated. Besides a dock to arrive at, I need to find somewhere to store the boat, a way of getting her there, and a plan to get her shipped to Perth in readiness for the Indian Ocean next year.
Yes, I am going to try for the Indian. Assuming that nothing goes drastically wrong between here and Madang, and it ain’t over ‘til its over, I would really like to complete the big three oceans, and apart from anything else, I’ve got a ton of expedition food that I’ve barely dented on this crossing. I am still finishing up the leftovers from last year.
It is quite exciting to think that I could be sipping sundowners in Madang around the end of the month, but it has its downsides too. Tonight as I sat eating my dinner watching one of the more spectacular sunsets to grace the sky during this crossing, I couldn’t help but feel a bit melancholy at the thought of arriving in Madang. I doubt that there will be any familiar faces there to greet me; Nicole has important commitments in Hawaii and Mum isn’t really up to taking the long flight from the UK.
So instead of a grand welcoming party it might just be me tootling up to the dock in Madang, getting my passport stamped and having a solitary beer in the yacht club bar, and then trying to rope in some local manpower to clean and pack the Brocade for her next voyage.
After a four year, 8000 mile adventure this would be, well, a bit on the pathetic side, but I suppose that is the price I pay for landing up half a world away from most of my friends. I’ll look at it this way: it will be great opportunity for me to get to know those news friends I haven’t met yet.
Other Stuff: Alf was sighted today! Of course, this is now a mixed blessing. Happy to know that he lives, but not sure what the heck to do with him if he survives to landfall.
I’ve made it safely past Carteret Island today and am now heading towards Cape Henpan. I should pass it tomorrow and pop out into the Solomon Sea. Does that mean that I have actually finished crossing the Pacific?
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