Last 24 hour was a 165 nm run which was a little short in spite of the wind we have had, but we sail for comfort not for speed. We have out sailed 1336 nm here at UTC 19:28 and local time 12:00. Tomorrow I am sure we will celebrate the halfway mark and instead of sailing up hill it will be down hill towards Marquesa!!
We are solidly in the southern trade wind belt and I am thinking about all the books I have been reading about exactly this. It is the dream for most sailors and here we are. Privileged to actually be able to live the dream. I am so much looking forward to see the towering Marquesa islands come out of the ocean and feel the same, as the sailors who have been here before us. Anchor up in Bay of Virgins, and just be able to feel – we actually did it and now we are here.
I very much think about the Danish adventure sailor Troels Kløvedal, who in so many ways showed our generation that it is possible to just go out there and live a life integrated with the cultures you meet. Spent look periods on distant islands and become a part of the daily life for a time. You should read one or two of his books, if you haven’t already.
It is reading time for all of us, so many books have been passing through and it is very enjoyable to have time to read. Different styles and different focus and you can leisurely choose, what ever fits the moment. Because there will be another day to a different title.
I have just finished Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian, which is the first book in a long serie about the english navy in the 18th hundreds. Something I would only read, now that I have the time. Before that I read Puk Damsgård, Ser du månen, Daniel and before that Bernard Moltessier’s, The Long Way. I also stumled through Stephen Hawkins, A brief history of time. And this is only during the last ten days, it is really wonderful to have time and nothing interfere the solitude except the occasional squall and of course meal time!! Marie, Laura and Emil have their own list and we exchange and discuss, as we have our own literature club here isolated, in the middle of nowhere. Or here right in the center of the universe – where we are right now.
Greetings from North Star on 06 55.486S and 112 31.567W nearly as far away as you can come