At Sea Again!
It’s day 3, or so we think, as the days are beginning to merge into one another. After getting into the swing of things we thought it was about time to give you an update.
The gods of the wind have been kind, gently easing us into life on the open water with a steady breeze and calm seas. The crew escaped free from the wrath of the seasick monster but instead suffered from the bitter cold. Fundamental wardrobe errors have been made, as many of us were tricked into thinking the dry, desert rich country that is Mexico would equal shorts, t-shit and a tan. Quite the opposite in fact, as on day one a communal search took place in desperation for thermals, wooly hats and socks.
Although day 2 has hinted warmer weather, its still nothing to take your top off for and with it the wind has vacated. For the last 24 hours, the engine has taken centre stage, humming continuously as the sails remain furled away until the wind graces us with its presence once again. Optimistically we wait for the trades to kick in…
As you can image, time is plentiful when there is little wind and to my disappointment, any hope to loose winter weight on this passage has been eradicated, due to a combined effort from all on board producing delicious food and plenty of it. Not to mention, the daily fresh baked bread, baked by our very own Mary Berry – Maggs.
Enjoying the luxury of fresh fruit and veg while we can, for it is a long trip and despite best effort there will come a time when the only veg left standing be the odd potato and a squash. But for now, were eating like Kings and Queens.
It might feel like we’re the only ones out here, but frequently we’re reminded that we are surrounded by a whole ocean brimming with life, as birds coasts in the draft of our sail, or the dolphins come to play in the bow wave. On departure, the pelicans escorted us out of the harbor while sealions bathed on the navigation marks without a care as we left sight of land. The hazy, grey landscape of Ensenada was the last we will be seeing of solid ground for a while.
Quickly we’ve all settled into the boat’s rhythm, a calm aura fills the atmosphere and the chaos, rules and worries of COVID seem in another world entirely. Free from distractons and the news, the simplicity of everyday has overruled. Spectacular sunrises, sunsets and stars that fill the canopy overhead take focus. Without the need to ask one another, it’s clear we all appreciate time here, enjoying the moment.