09 January 2008 | Bahia Santa Maria
Due to the fact that we are making fairly good time and the weather has calmed down a bit, we will continue pressing on to the north. Last night was a bit of a rough ride, although we did just fine. Cisnecito got banged around a bit, but she kept moving on without the slightest complaint or creak. The more time I spend on this boat (especially in rough conditions), the more respect and admiration I have for it. I think about all of the other sailboats in the world and what it would be like to do this same passage in something other than a Swan. Quite frankly, I wouldn't want to do it on anything else. Cisnecito sails incredibly well upwind, handles large waves and swells with ease, and looks sexy while doing it. What else could I ask for?? Well, a big, fat, and juicy "Double Double" cheeseburger from In n' Out wouldn't be all that bad, but that will have to wait for a few days.
San Diego doesn't seem too terribly far away at this point, which is pretty amazing. Even more exciting is the fact that we will reach our half way point sometime tomorrow evening. This is a big milestone (at least in my eyes), as the second half of the passage should be easier, in terms of sea-state and wind. So, we will keep plugging along and take things day by day. I know that is a horrible cliche, but it is quite true. In fact, sometimes I over-simplify things and divide up my days into different portions, and focus on each one. I find that it helps me stay focused and calm during uncomfortable situations, and ultimately keeps me happy and in good spirits which is incredibly important when living on a 46 foot floating piece of fiberglass. Keeping watch is my most intense time as I want to finish my trip on a positive note and perform well. We've sailed over 3000 miles thus far, and I've been fortunate enough to avoid any serious mishaps. Obviously I'd like to keep it that way, so I take my time at the helm very seriously. Additionally, a major screw-up could potentially present the ultimate "worst case scenario", which I don't plan on being part of for at least another 65 years or so.
Tomorrow is just another day, although another day closer to the end of my journey. It is becoming quite difficult to put the entire trip in perspective, although I am starting to put a few interesting thoughts together which I hope to share someday. But for now, I will simply focus on doing the dinner dishes without dropping a knife and putting a dent in the gorgeous teak floor.