Well the inevitable happened at 11:45 pm last night – the engines were fired up! It is sad that we have had to retire from the race when we were so close to finishing but the wind has been against us. It was noisy when the engines were first fired up and there is a definite mechanical vibration through the ship in comparison to the feeling of being just under sail. Having the engines on makes the ship have a hurried feeling, like we are rushing to get somewhere rather than going where the wind blows. The vibration of the engines was enough to flare the pain in my foot so it took ages to get back to sleep. Continue reading →
I should have been on watch between 4 am and 8 am but due to sky high pain hubby thought it wise for me to remain in bed, take more painkillers and rest when he got up at 3:30 am. He didn’t even wake me at 6 am as agreed. I was a little miffed about this but I understand why he did it. He knows that I am on the verge of burn out and my spoons are going overboard to become treasures of the sea. He knows me better than I know myself sometimes, I get taken over by sheer determination that I fail to listen to what my body is telling me. I didn’t sleep very well last night, the first night on board that I never slept. I only got about four hours sleep and that was between 4 am and 8 am – ironically the hours that I should have been on my watch so maybe hubby was right to leave me where I was at 6 am. I even slept through the 7:30 am wake up call! Continue reading →
Began watch at 12 midnight to an abundance of Christmas trees on the horizon. Why has Christmas featured so much during this voyage I do not know! We even had Once in Royal David’s City sang during watch tonight as H could not think of anything else to sing.
Anyway back to those Christmas trees on the horizon. They were not Christmas trees, they were fishing vessels, oil rigs, drilling platforms, Floatels and guard ships. We were right in the middle of an exclusion zone for the rigs! We should not have been in these waters. Thankfully though due to no one working in the water around the rigs tonight we had been given permission to pass through the exclusion zone. We had planned to pass with the rigs to our port side but a wind shift put us on course to pass right between a fully built rig and a partially built rig. A manoeuvre which was forbidden. We only had permission to pass with at least a mile between us and these two rigs and to go between them would have put us within this smaller exclusion zone. Due to this we had to take a detour, to change tack and pass the rigs to starboard side. Continue reading →
View from window at breakfast. The photograph does not do the movement of the ship any justice. She was very roly!
Up early this morning for breakfast in the upper mess, I am on watch from 8 am to 12:30 pm and hubby is on mess duty. Even though the sea is rough and the ship is rocking from side to side with waves slamming into her, and I am jammed up against the port bulkhead in the upper mess to stop my wheelchair from sliding any further, it was nice to start the day with a hearty breakfast of freshly caught fish from yesterday’s catch. A big thank you goes out to the medical purser and pals for their fishing skills! Continue reading →
I wrote this a couple of weeks ago and never got round to publishing it. I wasn’t quite ready to hit the blogging world with a blog entry at the time, however I thought it important to write a blog post for potential publishing at a later date. I am glad to say that today is the day that I feel like publishing this particular blog. Please bear in mind that this was written a couple of weeks ago and I have moved on a little since writing this, an update will be at the end. Continue reading →
Hello readers, only yesterday I said I could no longer write my journal because of sea sickness, yet here I am with Day 5. A miracle you may ask? Sea sickness cured over night – I wish! Just the age of modern technology, I found the voice recorder on my mobile phone, so the journal continues with no breaks. Continue reading →