You remember a couple of days back I compared life on board with trying to live on the back of a bucking bronco? Well, the aspect I forgot to mention then is that alongside your bucking bronco you have a lineup of between 1 and 10 people who take great delight in chucking bucketfuls of cold salty water over you at unexpected moments.
You’re lucky if you get just one person on bucket-chucking duty – that’s just a little splash. But once in a while, all ten decide to clobber you at the same time, simultaneously with the bronco making an extra-dramatic tilt to one side.
There have been quite a few ten-bucket waves today. The forecast was for winds of 20-25 knots, so although I can only get my silly wind gauge to register 15 knots, it certainly felt like 25 knots at the very least. This has whipped the ocean up into white-streaked frenzy, and I have spent most of the day drenched. Around sunset the waves took it up a notch and crossed the line from “exciting” to “rather scary” and it was with considerable relief that I stowed the oars for the night and retreated to my cabin.
The rather charming Frenchman who made and applied the stickers on my boat for the Atlantic, and became a regular blog-commenter during that crossing, used to refer to being splashed by a wave “salty kisses”. If they are indeed salty kisses, then I feel like I’ve been snogged nearly to death today.
June, Margot, Romy – can anybody remember where we packed the salt?!
Had my first hot meals today – despite the physical challenges involved in cooking in such rough conditions, it’s amazing what heights of achievement a desire for a good hot meal can inspire me to. This morning I had delicious porridge (Oats 2 Go, very kindly brought over from Britain by Rob Eustace – how is he doing on his row, by the way?) embellished with freeze dried blueberries, banana slices and sunflower seeds courtesy of Wilderness Family Naturals. Then dinner was freeze-dried Bobotjie (a South African dish) by Back Country Cuisine. Many thanks to Rob McSporran and the rest of the gang at Sea To Summit for sponsoring the BCC meals.
I used the Jetboil stove to boil water for my hot meals. What a fantastic piece of kit! So much faster, easier, and safer than anything else I’ve tried. Definitely a keeper. I’ve got two on board, one provided by Sea To Summit, and one a Christmas present from my sister. Thanks, Tanya!
Our first ocean-bound Roz Roams podcast has now gone live. Thanks, Vic.
UncaDoug and Claire – thanks for the limericks…. I think! Macaws??! Very entertaining, but I wouldn’t give up the day jobs just yet!
Marks-the-Spot asked if people’s sense of humour changes after long periods alone. Will bear it in mind, and keep you posted.
Right, my battery is going to go flat if I don’t send this soon, and I don’t want to leave my MacBook out of its case overnight. Looks like it could be a bouncy one, so I want to make sure everything is properly stowed. So I’ll sign off now. Till tomorrow!
Photos: the red ensign wind gauge (also a drying seat cover and an aboriginal Australian flag – I hope that is the politically correct term, but please forgive an ignorant pom if not!)
Nick Watson., Diane Freeman, Allan Larsen, Nathan Gray, Nick Perdiew, Dane Golden, Anna Wildy, Barbara Henker, Donald Lindsay, Ugo Pistacchio, Bill Morris, Bernadette Bean, Deoni Castle, Michelle Cartwright, Nancy Bowman, Doug Grandt – for Keith, Perry Clarke, Patricia Kitto. Many thanks to these supporters.