In response to a question about sounds at sea – there are sounds always and everywhere. It never seems to be completely silent, even in the early days when we had a couple of pancake calm days.
Wind in my ears as I row
The whirr of the solar vents
Waves make allsorts of sounds depending on size, proximity to boat, frequency , whether its crashing, toppling, fizzing (my favourite just after it’s broken), slamming into the boat, crashing over us, slapping into the side to wash over the deck…
In the cabin there is only a 15mm wall between me and the sea so I hear gurgles, swirling and rippling of the waterround the rudder; the waves in proportion to their strength etc. A wave slamming right into the side of the cabin can be both exciting and a bit terrifying!
My favourite cabin sound is rain – it reminds me of being tucked up in a tent in the rain, one of my favourite sounds in the whole world .
My little netting holder on the wall creaks as it swings
The ‘Sea Me’ alarm goes off if another boat’s radar hits Dippers – we haven’t seen another boat since Day 16!
The oars creak in their gates sometimes and therre is the splosh and plop as they go into, move through, and lift out of the water
The seat makes a little sound as it rolls up and down – I find this soothing
Surfing sounds as we head down waves – sometimes accompanied by my whoops and squeals
The Gin Machine makes a rhythmic whining whir as it pumps water
Then there’s my singing, talking to myself , laughing and there’s been a few yellings, cursings too at times. Wave over your head first thing in the morning doesn’t always receive a laugh, for example .
Audiobooks /Music – I had 4 entirely musicless days last week due to lack of power and that was tough. Same old song remnants rattling round my head-gets painful. Generally I listen to something for at least part of the day. I’ve learned 4 poems by heart too, so they all get daily performances.
One of my favourite sounds is the Satphone saying I have a new message-I tend to switch it on for a couple of hours three times a day so they are exciting moments, unless its a ‘Message delivery failed’.
So while there are always sounds, it is all relative. Last night was very peaceful as there was hardly any wind; it was beautiful.
Libby-Wohoo! Great news, that’s made my day. I’ll have an extra chocolate in your honour. Happy days!
Grant-You need to listen to my podcast from the other week! But I’ll tell you anyway…
Only put the sea anchor out if I’m going the wrong way – so far only 3 nights and one day.
Generally get up with the sun, finish at dark and row an average of 8-10 hours in between. Sometimes more, last week a bit less as the elements were so favourable so I took the chance to rest a wee bit.
Roger Is that an offer to air drop a burger out to me?!
Xtina /Kathryn/Tom/Amelia I was on such a high after FF called yesterday. Please may you email my Mum their number as it didn’t show up on my phone but I want to return the surprise later in the week.
Ian Brocklebank Yes music outside through speakers, providing there’s enough juice in the batteries.