Shooting Stars & Sea Anchors
After a day and a half of decent rowing we once again find ourselves having to contend with wind on the nose and having to put out the sea anchor. We knew that it was coming but it still sucks…..
Thursday was good pretty much all day and night. In fact, the night time rowing was an absolute pleasure. Good speed, following seas and the night sky was unbelievable, especially when the moon wasn’t out. Because there is no light pollution and nothing to get in the way of the horizon the sky seems huge out on the water. The milky way is so easy to see and looks spectacular and Robin got to see his first ever shooting star. We don’t spend enough time just looking up and seeing what’s going on around us. It’s difficult to understand that anyone at the age of 46 has never seen a shooting star……
Conditions became more difficult throughout the night and the sea anchor was put out for the first time at about 07:30. Turns out that this was a bit premature due to a couple of squalls making it seem as of the wind had turned when in fact it hadn’t, so the anchor came back on board again at about 2 ish and we continued to row until 10. An extra 8 hours may not seem like a lot but we are so far behind schedule now due to the weather that every hour counts.
So we are all stuck on the cabin again. We all hate it. You can’t move without knocking somebody else, it’s uncomfortable, hot and sticky. You can’t sleep properly and you just want to get rowing. Cooking is difficult and it’s not really possible to sit out on deck without getting soaked. Same goes for opening the hatches to let on some fresh air. We all know how much time we have lost and all we want to do is row!!
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