Sunday, 14 April 2013

day 16 - when the sea presents you with a gift

The sky looks huge this morning. I woke up for my watch to see it stretched out before us, unencumbered by thick clouds for the first time in what feels like a long time. It's as if the wind gods took a huge breath and blew the grayness away, simultaneously pushing the horizon beyond our reach and leaving us in a blissfully vast playground.

It's not that we needed a bright blue sky to feel good today, if we are to consider the past 24 hours. We've enjoyed the most pleasant sailing by far on this journey. The seas, incredibly, are somewhat flat. The breeze is fairly steady, if not strong, and we're beating into 8-10 knot winds. Perhaps it is not entirely perfect, what it is though, is comfortable. And beautiful.

This feels like a gift, a reprieve. Could we have fully appreciated this day had we not sailed for days on lumpy seas and under grey skies? I do not know for sure, but I don't think so. When the struggling stops, no matter how briefly, there is nothing sweeter than the sea welcoming you into her open arms.

Position: 02* 56.359' N 130* 54.213' W
Distance: 94 nm
Heading: 209* T
Speed: 3.7 knots

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