These last few days can be characterized as energetic seas and lethargic crew. Pushing east into 20+ knot headwinds with the steep waves running 4 meters (12-15’) or more just does not allow for a relaxing series of yoga positions in the morning. Being eye to eye with the white topped combers means the view is sometimes all sky as you pitch up, and then all water as you go down the backside into the trough and then the big splash. It does have a rhythm, though. And the autopilot gets into the act with its staccato percussive bit trying to hold the heading. Add the occasional bang of a flying fish hitting the boat sides and it is all sounding like that amazing drum solo from Woodstock, only on a tilting stage with salt spray everywhere.
All this action in the environment makes me very appreciative of my thumbs. Without the opposing digits to grab the handholds, life here would be much more difficult. We move through the boat like a spider monkey clan hanging and swinging from place to place. A hoofed animal would have a hard time. I guess that is why you don’t see many horses boating.
Hang on and wait. It makes for long days and a sleepiness can set in. It is not that bad really. We are inside and dry. We have good chairs with seatbelts. And we have ice tea. What else could we need?
So as it begins to quiet down, we look forward to our arrival in Pohnpei in 3 days. That will make this passage the longest yet at 14 days for 1455 miles. After fuel and rest, we contemplate the next leg to Majuro. All are well aboard Laysan. Thanks for following along with us.
November 17, 2011
Local time 04:30
07 46.46 N 153. 02.64 E