I made the halfway point!! Nothing to write home about, no flag and no celebration (well 10mins extra sleep!) . I haven’t missed my ciders and weirdly, coffee neither. It’s such a simple life that I find really blissful. There’s absolutely nothing to worry about. Life is dictated by the weather and how I feel (sleep!) and that’s it. Today (Sunday) also brought some awesome winds. Fast and in the right direction. A welcome relief from the day before (which I secretly enjoyed having a day at home, so to speak). It’s difficult not to get a little ‘frustrated’ that every mile isn’t direct to Barbados at the moment, due to the need to head south away from the big band of westerlies above and towards easterlies below, but like I said, the wind is the wind, and every mile is now a count down to home. It’s a weird head mindset change as every mile is always closer but it seems different. I am actually blissfully happy. It’s boring and monotonous and am gagging for fresh food but there’s no complaints. I’m at one with it all, even the niggles, and crap music I have and the ropes and headphones that get tangled and the fact I have had my period (totally unprepared) every day since day 2!!I had a dream I was invited by friends to see them and they were having dinner but when I arrived they told me I couldn’t eat as I would be disqualified. It was dinner set in the woods and a proper feast. How mean! It all looked so tasty.
I found 5 bags of extra sweeties! The appetite has returned!!!
Bye bye winds hello north/north westerlies. If you’re tracking me you probably thinking I’m just chillin’ – I’m not I promise! Today was hot, it’s generally getting hotter but with little wind it was time for covering up and dousing myself in water every 30 mins. Massive shoal of fish came to say hi and thought there was a hammerhead shark but turns out just wishful thinking. Shame dad never bought me that fishing kit I asked him to get! Never mind. There is really very little wildlife and wonder how much I miss because I’m in my cabin or looking the wrong way. Lots of this weird surface seaweed and I love my swooping seagulls that do fly-bys, tilting their wings to just miss the top of the water, watching them using the wind to their advantage. Makes me think of Top Gun! My storm petrel is still around although it clearly gets confused when I change course or go on para-anchor. I wonder where it goes after it’s 5 minute check-in, and how far away and how it finds me again. Do they have a built in (Kiko) tracker? Mum thinks it’s my grandma who died last summer, keeping an eye on me! She’s a bit Spritely so find it hard to believe but you never know. Haha! Had a very interesting white bird, bit like a parakeet , with a long skinny tail that did some weird noises and hovering. Maybe the pirate lost him?I’m not going mad, no hallucinations, no thoughts of jumping over board or mad plans and inventions for my return. My hectic brain has chilled. My brother wanted to know if I’ve found myself!! Made me laugh and have yet to tell him that happened long before I set out on this, maybe that’s why it’s not sooo sooo tough. Saying that I will NOT be doing it again!! For someone who loves the company of others and talking, I’m surprisingly content with my waves, little cabin and sore bottom (although I actually have mastered the good upkeep of this now. Talc, surgical spirit, fresh air and some baseline type shield a friend gave me. Loo roll now down to 1 so I think I can safely say that unless something mega happens, that will be finished before I will. Fear not though, I have solutions .
And finally, today Tuesday, I am lying resting before my next shift. When I say No wind, I mean mirror calm. It’s blissful and boiling! (Although now changed once back to send)
I think the horizon is 17miles (please correct if wrong) and there is nothing anywhere (you can check marine traffic if you want boat name soma of Essex). It got me thinking of course, how close the nearest person is to me or should I say how far the furthest has been to the nearest person (that’s a mouthful). I was told that the satellites in space were closer which is a very cool thought. Something (are people on satellites?) in space is closer to me than someone on earth. What is the most isolated anyone is, at this point, on the whole of the earth? I am up there in the top 10? What’s the furthest you have been from a single person. Just a thought.
Right, back to the day job. I think these winds, or lack of, are here for a while so my mega fast crossing not looking so mega fast but still hoping (and on) for that record and massive thanks to Angus, my weather man for pointing me in the right direction and getting me to this point so far.
Thanks for all the supports messages, I love getting them so keep ‘em coming xxxx
The slog south continues. Hot slow (into sw winds today) but all made better by seeing this.
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