Sunday Day 2
I was told that Paula got seasick in the morning, while I was sleeping. She sure took it nicely though; it seemed to be the only time, and for the rest of the time she cooked in the cramped galley in rocky seas without seeming affected.
They say waves look 6 times smaller on photographs
It seemed the
night-sailing took a bite out of the crew. I was feeling a bit exhausted too.
Brice was discussing whether to go to
I was now the
undisputed hero of the boat. With a working autopilot there was no need to
carefully watch the compass and turn the wheel all the time. A watch now only
included checking for “neighbors” (other boats) every 15 minutes or so. That
was easy living. People cheered up. Life was easy, weather was good. It was
like a picnic table out at the high seas with an occasional dolphin cheerfully
greeting us. We had a splendid dinner with an amazing sunset to follow. We were
cruising a good 10 knots over ground as long as we took care to follow the
Picnic time at the open sea !
Monday Day 3
I always enjoy
the dog-watch from . You start when it is dark and see the sun come up. In the
darkness you can see the fluorescent algae at the bow of the boat. Sometimes
you can see a steam of fluorescent fish or even a whale, although I haven’t
seen that yet. If the moon is down, there is a thousand more stars visible
compared to near a city. I keep thinking of Krishnamurti and the secret sages of
So around I felt terrible, weak and queasy. I was genuinely afraid I was seasick or something. I ate a couple of Aspirins. Someone mentioned breakfast. Wait a minute, I haven’t had coffee for several days now. And the coke was caffeine-free. The coffee on this boat required you to open the gas on the deck (“new boat problem”, the electrical gas valve at the tank was stuck open), start the generator, grind coffee beans, somewhat brew the coffee despite the missing coffee machine. A broken Bodum provided the filter for the beans. What’s freaking wrong with instant coffee I ask??? Well, amazingly, just the smell of the coffee made me perk up. Ok, I am an addict.
We saw more dolphins jump around. Why bother to jump out of the water all the time, I wondered? Paula had the answer: “Because I can!”