After 40 hours cabin-bound, and out with Bob, now pleased to report a wind shift and settling of the seas. I lifted Bob at 1300 and am hoping to row once I’ve cooked a meal and tidied up. For the time being we are headed NW – hooray! We only lost 18nm to the East so its not too catastrophic in the grand scheme. All crew safe and well, the worst issue being me skinning my knuckle while getting Bob out and a dose of cabin fever, so nothing critical .
Winds gusted 35knots overnight, making for very excitable seas and a lumpy bumpy ride. Think Bucking Bronco, crossed with the Waltzers at the fair, crossed with the sort of rollercoaster where your tummy gets left behind, crossed with rolling down a hill in a barrel (I know what this feels like because, aged 9, I was stupid enough to try it). Not ashamed to admit that was one of the scariest nights of my life – stormy seas in a small boat by yourself in the daylight are one thing, but by a dark night quite another. Especially whn the SeaMe started bleeping at 0100 – we haven’t seen a ship since Day 16, and the next appears on the roughest night yet when my tiny boat would be indistinguishable from wavetops. How ironic?! I spent two hours on the VHF in the hope they might hear me and not squash me. No response, as anticipated, but also no squashing, so all was OK in the end.
Read: ‘The curious case of Benjamin Button’ and ‘Seven years in Tibet’.Listened to a couple of chapters of Richard Dawkins ‘The God Delusion.’ The latter was a daring and hilarious feat, for without headphones (broken on day 10) I can only play things through the speakers on deck. In a loud raging sea this means you have to sit by the hatch, opening it so you can hear the words, then pulling it shut quicklly when a wave washes over the boat. Suffice to say the sea is better practised
and we had a face full of salt on more than a few occasions.
Now for some hoosh and then to the oars….
S, D & Bob x
Geoff – Tell your comedians I’ll teach them to row if they want a real challenge.
Glesni Jones – Please pass on a hello to the PV girls for me. Hope they’re all alright. I met Sarah and another (can’t remember name) at the London Boatshow in January.
Grandma Barb – Will have a think and do a whole blog on it sometime.
Charly – Good luck with those exams and all the training.
Ashika – Was thinking the other day how perfect it was at the London Boatshow – with Dippers and I just opposite the gin stand! Lovely bit of Serendipity methinks.
Joan Beaton – Sunsets lovely out here. 360° show of colours. The sunrise and sunset on the day the heavy weather came were the most spectacular I have seen out here.Indeed, the Tweedles are still here with me-we’ve got quite a crowd under there.