So we have spent 11 days at sea now and after an unsteady start we are starting to get some miles under our belt! The wind direction has changed from a southerly to a south -easterly, and this should hopefully translate into us being able to head a bit further west and therefore minimize how far north we have been heading.
There are 57 degrees of longitude from Geraldton to Mauritius, and so far we have crossed 9, and it helps keep the focus to simply concentrate on ticking off that next degree! Small goals are what are going to get us through this mammoth task!
There is a new moon at the moment and we are having a fair amount of cloud cover meaning that at night you can’t see a bloody thing! The sea is a mass of uniform blackness so judging swell direction and swell size is pretty impossible, meaning that a rogue wave is frequently catching us out, resulting in us becoming completely swamped. Needless to say this happens usually within 5 minutes before the end of our shifts ensuring that we are soaking wet for our 2 hours off!
At about 3 am this morning we were hit by a particularly large wave almost rolling the boat completely, Ted was at the oars whilst I was asleep in the cabin. Thankfully nothing was lost or broken and Ted and I were both okay.
About 40 minutes before this incident we had a close encounter with a fishing vessel, we saw their lights from a few miles away but they didn’t show up on the AIS (radar system) or respond to radio calls, all the while getting steadily closer. Eventually we let off a couple of flares as they were bearing down on us and they passed about 200m behind us, which I can tell you feels extremely close and far too close for comfort!
On a more poignant note I received a message from my mother saying one of her close friends mother’s had very sadly passed away and one of her last wishes had asked her daughter to donate to our cause. This has really hit home with me and I can’t say how grateful Ted and I are for all the support and donations to such a fantastic charity and we are truly in awe of everyone’s generosity. It is the knowledge of this and the supportive messages that we receive dally that make the dark nights a little brighter and the shifts a little shorter!
Thank you Ester and may you rest in peace.