sailing vessel Sänna

Blogs from our sailing vessel Sänna. Eastwards from England to New Zealand... & sailing circumnavigation.

25 June 2021 | England, running from the virus.
30 April 2021 | Lockdown in England
14 April 2021 | Lockdown - Nottingham, England
31 March 2021 | Winterton-on-Sea, Norfolk, England
09 March 2021 | Vista Mar, Panama
17 February 2021 | Sherwood, Nottingham, England
07 February 2021 | Sherwood, England
28 January 2021 | In national lockdown, Nottingham, England
28 December 2020 | Nottingham, England
20 October 2020 | Vista Mar, Panama
23 April 2020 | Vista Mar, Panama
08 March 2020 | Boca Chica, Panama
25 February 2020 | Curu Wildlife Refuge, Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica
17 February 2020 | Bahiá Ballena, Costa Rica
17 January 2020 | Marina Papagayo, Costa Rica
16 December 2019 | Playa Del Coco, Costa Rica
11 December 2019 | San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua
28 November 2019 | Puesta Del Sol, Nicaragua
08 November 2019 | Amapala, Honduras

Man Versus Virus

25 June 2021 | England, running from the virus.
Dave Ungless
Photo: Whose side is the planet on?

Might you be one of the growing band who are beginning to feel sorry for the virus? Might it be that it's motives are being wholly misunderstood? After all, like all sprouting lifeforms that have evolved over the last few billion years, SARS-CoV-2, or coronavirus by it's more common name, is doing what every other microbe has ever done, it is procreating itself to claim its place alongside countless other microorganisms that live on this blue-ocean planet as it hurtles relentlessly around the sun.

Almost all lifeforms our eyes cannot see do exactly the same. In fact, every embryonic squiggly little squirmy worm thing you see in microscopic petro-dishes exist with the same motive in mind - to reproduce. Likewise, more advanced carbon-biotic life set out to increases their popularity with corresponding organisms of the opposite sex to have children - lots of them. Now, between me and you, I know loads of men who have similar thoughts just about every day. So do male elephants and rhinoceroses, snakes and spiders, most testosterone-driven politicians and those incumbent foreign presidents who never condescend to leave office. What I'm saying to you is this, this SARS virus is not doing anything unusual, it's only doing what we ourselves like to do, it's doing what every other example of ambient life has ever done - it's endeavouring to survive and spread just like everything else that breaths and spits in this fertile garden-world that might well be alone in the cosmos.

Where this train of thought begins to get complicated is, which side of this conflict between procreating man and procreating virus is this planet on? Our planet could be choosing sides - all life survives solely on the generosity of our slowly revolving world which might ultimately decide a winner. Take the dinosaurs for example, dinosaurs trampled the earth for far longer than we have, now they exist only as bone fragments inside slabs of rock, held captive in a tomb. This planet creates life, also it takes life away - then we came along to ruthlessly embellish one of the planet's more unforgiving roles.

Right now, as the direct descendants of the original homo-erectus race, we are setting our stall out to systematically murder the virus. We're the planet's pinnacle lifeform, we have technology and science on our side, we have the wherewithal to ensure our continued prosperity and survival. Of course, as you well know, we homo-sapiens are well experienced in the art of extinction - we've practiced among ourselves often enough, on numerous deadly occasions. Aboriginal indians, wholesale ethnic slaughter and the decimated populations associated with glorious empire building are all historic examples of our unique skills in climbing to the top of the tree. We even got rid of those bothersome Neanderthals because of their cave-like ways, their horrible knack of looking different. And if the virus was more sizeable and recognisable, might we be considering less frontier-science ways to control its desire to establish itself, like torture camps or life-restricting chemicals? Or perhaps another religious crusade to convert the virus to one of our many violent and conflicting views of God. The creator. Our saviour. Our habitual slaughter of each other puts us in good stead to eradicate this little spikey microbe, to end this viral global pandemic that dares to threaten our existence. Like all sorts of viruses before it, it searches out our weakness, it probes our fears, it knows we have a vulnerability that might project its own vision of our oxygen generating planet.

I ask you this, what if our planet is definitely not on our side? What if this world that orbits swiftly through time and space has had enough? What if our cosmic homestead can take no more? Maybe our planet has come to a decision, that it can't rely upon one more meteorite comet to crash into our seas like before, to end the billion-year reign of rampaging dinosaurs, lunging beasts that showed no signs of scientific environmental advancement. Or the volcanic maker of our biosphere has worked out that we could easily follow the fate of those spear-chucking Neanderthals, who could not stand up to suave-looking humans that came hunting for their women. Perhaps, our worldly planet is fiercely on the side of the deadly mutating virus.

If this is the case, and virologist are already beginning to sense we may be just two or three mutation away from something far more deadly, then surely we must try to resolve our misunderstanding of this virus, maybe take heed of why it is trying to kill us. Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 in its current guise is not anything especially unique - might it be it's only performing the task given to it by our atmospheric world third in line from the sun? Instead of trying to fruitlessly destroy the virus, might we be best trying to understand why it exists? Perhaps we should consider a truce with our life-supporting planet, or at least consider how we treat each other. Could it be the virus is only a foot-soldier, an honest loyal trooper honed and evolved to warn us. Perhaps those Hollywood world-annihilation screenwriters and those science-fiction novelists are really far-seeing prophets, not media moguls making mega bucks when they write stories about humans being eradicated from existence. Do we need to show more respect to the virus, look at it in a more compassionate way to learn why it wants to destroy us?

We ourselves, Marie and I, we tried to leave mainstream living behind, it was our conscious decision to sail away in a futile attempt to find ways of surviving that meant we maintained a semblance of bondship with the atmospheric rock we depend on. We failed, what we've found along the way is wholesale destruction, there is no doubt in our minds that humankind is systematically destroying the umbilical-chord world we live on. If the planet is fighting back then it stands to reason this mutant virus might be the good guy, you know, the mean-faced gun-toting hero who appears in every movie, the Bruce Willis or Tom Cruise that exists in the exciting world of microorganism viruses.

If humankind is the bad guy, all of us, every single one of us, then look no further than the fate of former prehistoric monsters. Also, the demise of the browless Neanderthals, ugly grunting bipedal competitors who no longer exist. Extinction is a fickle fate, it's a foregoing outcome that's mean historical fact - take heed of countless species we ourselves are in the process of slaughtering to destruction.

If we are up against the full might of our revengeful planet, if perpetual micro-creation is our final nemesis, if we might face defeat or unconditional surrender to the good guy, then should we begin to think how we renegotiate our survival?

Long live the king, long live the virus.
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Vessel Name: Sänna
Vessel Make/Model: Ocean 50 (Bavaria)
Hailing Port: Poole UK
Crew: Dave & Marie Ungless
About:
We have sailed together for over ten years now, leaving the Mediterranean to head eastwards. Our destination was Australia and New Zealand which we achieved in 2012 before attempting a full round-the-world circumnavigation across the pacific and back to the UK. [...]
Extra: Sänna is a hybrid Bavaria Ocean 50, custom built for bue water ocean cruising. The build and re-fit specification is high and to date boasts over 56,000 miles of ocean cruising. For more information visit our main website at www.sanna-uk.com.
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