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 big these fish were. But here they are, anyway, for your delectation.
It is rare that the water is calm enough for me to be able to see so clearly. This brought to mind a rather cliched metaphor, but like most cliches, it has some truth in it.
A lot of the people are like a choppy ocean, all froth and noise and ripples and waves. You can’t see past the surface because it’s going ten different ways at once, reflecting what is around them, just as the ocean reflects the colours of the sky and the clouds.
But when the surface is calm, you catch a glimpse of the hidden depths, and what moves there, the life beneath the surface, and the ocean’s true nature is revealed. When you meet those rare people who are calm enough, and brave enough, to let you glimpse their true nature, it is unforgettable.
Today’s quote: The truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind.
Funny day today, with the wind wheeling around the clock and going from non-existent to twenty knots. So the day was a mixture of rowing and chores. There was a locker that smelled as if something had crawled inside and died. I traced the problem to a bag of coconut milk powder that had leaked and absorbed seawater, turning the powder into a smelly white paste with green bits where it had gone mouldy. With apologies to the fish, the contents had to be dumped overboard.
Electrical system behaved itself today. Still keeping everything crossed….
Thanks for all the top tips on staying warm. I do have some very nice Smartwool merino items on board, but had held back on using them a) because they are too nice to trash, and b) because I couldn’t quite believe that they would be effective when wet. But inspired by the vision of Currin pedalling around Dunedin in sandals and socks, I will give them a try!
Tommy – for the North Atlantic, I will get hold of some GoreTex waterproof socks as you suggest to go with the merino. And Natalie, thanks for the sensible advice on keeping ankles and wrists warm. Makes sense, as when overheated it is so nice to run cool water over wrists. Janice – I do indeed have Deep Heat on board. Could be a bit messy, but will give it a try – and I love that smell!
Rico – interested to hear about your visit to Biosphere 2. Have you read the Mars trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson? If you’re interested in long-term space colonization, I think you would find it interesting. Let’s just hope we figure out how to take better care of a planet before we start screwing up another one.
Gregory – very good question about ventilation in the cabin. It’s not easy letting in air, but not water. I have two mini-hatches below the main entrance hatch, which have protective covers on the outside shaped like inverted scoops, and screw-in lids on the inside. So if it’s not too rough I can have them open, and it’s quite hard for water to get in. But if it’s really rough they have to be closed up, and it does get rather stuffy in here.
Currin – interesting to hear about the adventurous Emperor Penguin. A penguin after my own heart! They are such gorgeous creatures – I was delighted to see a beauty in Antarctica earlier this year. But somehow there is something just wrong about penguins turning up in Wellington….
Susie – thanks for the limerick. Loved it! Hope you like the “fish that glow” in today’s photo!
Sponsored Miles: Bill Spinks, Tom Grimmett, Richard Miller, George Cathcart and Newport Harbor Nautical Museum/ExplorOcean supporting Roz with a generous number of miles.
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