|After a good night's sleep we were even happier!|
We had the wonderful pleasure of being visited by a group of dolphins for about 30 minutes one afternoon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiDS9PbhyX4
We wrote about being becalmed. Here's what that looks like:
Here is a clip from one lovely afternoon where we were flying the spinnaker and making nice progress. When Pat ordered the spinnaker he asked Rob to design the colored panels. You will hear Natalie Cole's Christmas CD playing in the background:
Of course, not every day was that nice! On the worst days, it was all we could do to manage ourselves and the boat. On the not-quite-the-worst days, we could shoot some short clips. Here is Pat hand steering us through a 30 minute rain squall. It rained so hard that I grabbed the soap and took a deck shower - no video exists of that - you will be glad to know:
Sometimes the wind came from mostly behind us. That made for smoother sailing and a more comfortable ride. We often found flying fish on deck in the mornings. This clip ends with a look at one:
And, some days we sailed mostly into the wind. That made for lots of waves and noise...
Some days were flat-out beautiful:
A couple interesting facts - we went 37 days and nights without sleeping more than three hours at a stretch. We both are good nappers and will find staying awake all day at work a challenge! Our days really only lasted from 10 a.m. till 7 p.m.. Someone was almost always sleeping from 7 p.m. to 10 a.m. as we alternated watches. Our favorite time of day was 4 to 7 p.m. when we cooked dinner, listened to music, talked and shared our feelings (!), and watched the many gorgeous sunsets.
|The white brick is tofu waiting to be cubed.|
|We baked bread in a muffin pan to reduce the cooking time.|
|Here we have Thai coconut rice with tofu and chickpeas ready to serve in our beloved dog bowls.|
|Cleanup was usually just one pan and our dog bowls. Here they are set out to dry overnight.|
|Yup, that is rain up ahead!|
We only saw ships in the early and late part of our trip. They usually avoided us but we did have a couple closer than we would like calls, including a cruise ship we had to motor around!
|We are really glad we didn't hit this guy.|
|Even the best of friends run out of things to talk about after a month together.|
The three sailors would like to thank each and every one of you who followed our trip and shared your thoughts, messages and energy. We loved the comments we got, the visits to the boat, and the help you gave us and our spouses back home. We owe a world of thanks to Michele, Mary and Peggy and will always be grateful for their support and forebearance...
Mother, mother ocean,
I have heard you call,
Wanted to sail upon your waters,
Since I was three feet tall.
Jimmy Buffet – A Pirate Looks At Forty
We hope that your dreams - and the dreams of others you help nurture - can all come true like ours did.
|Rob, Pat, Tom|