Is it possible to have a moonbow? Like a rainbow, but created by the light of a bright moon rather than by the sun? If so, I think I’ve seen one tonight. But maybe it was just my eyes playing tricks on me.
It’s a beautiful night. Dead calm – just the slightest rolling swell on the ocean. Above, cumulus clouds encircle my boat, while the sky directly overhead is completely clear, as if the clouds are shying away from the brighness of the moon. It’s nearly a full moon, and it’s highlighting the stacked piles of cumulus in dramatic monochrome. A sprinkling of silver reflections dapples the black ocean waters.
A few silent birds were flitting around my boat, as if wanting to roost here for the night, but lacking the courage to make a landing.
And on the western horizon, where some rainclouds were lurking, it really did look like a moonbow. An arc, darker above and lighter below, and maybe just a hint of colour. If anybody can tell me if this is a known phenomenon, I’d love to know.
I think today was the hottest day yet. I didn’t take a temperature reading, but with the complete lack of wind it was devastatingly baking out here.
Speaking of hot, This Outlander book is pretty racy stuff. Several times I found I was rowing rather faster than usual during particularly, ahem, engrossing parts of the book, and had to cool down by taking an ocean plunge – the ocean rower’s equivalent of taking a cold shower. Blimey!
At least one spider Alf spotted today. He lives!
Thanks for all the comments, quotes, suggestions and words of encouragement. All very much appreciated!
Huge congrats to my good friends Sam and Ella on the birth of their first child, Nell Freya Truscott Allpass. Delighted to hear the good news! And at over 9lb it looks like she’s off to a flying start to emulate the athletic achievements of her parents.
Suwin – congrats on your plastic straw epiphany. Yes, they are insidious things. And so unnecessary. The headdress that they gave me when I left Tarawa included some plastic drinking straws, as part of their point about sustainability. Let’s ban the straw, or even go back to paper ones (are they still available?), which at least are biodegradable.
I hear from Brennan that the Eco Heroes website was an unexpected victim of the Iceland volcano. Yes, seriously. Brennan’s co-coder, known online as Evil Bobby, was on vacation in Amsterdam with only occasional internet access when the volcano struck. So his part of the delivery unavoidably fell behind schedule.
But hopefully it has gone live today. If you have pre-registered, you will have received an email to let you know what to do next. And if you haven’t pre-registered, please go immediately to ecoheroes.me and sign up!
Despite the ferocious heat, I made some good progress south today. These conditions won’t last forever, so I’m making the most of them while I can. Cairns? Thursday Island? Madang in PNG? Who knows? Don’t forget to place your bet in our arrival date/time sweepstake!
[Photo taken today for my friends at YachtPals]