THE OTHER SIDE
06 September 2011 | On the way to Mauritius
Its the day before departure and the winds are up. As I sit in this idyllic lagoon, with hardly more than a ripple as the only hint of things not seen - 'out there'. But, take a stroll to the other side of the island, the windward side, and its a different story - 'out there'. White caps and nasty looking waves as far as the eye can see - most unwelcoming indeed. Am I really going out in that tomorrow? Its that sort of disconnect between sitting on the protected side, peaceful and idyllic...waves gently lapping the side of the boat... and knowing that come tomorrow, I will purposefully head straight into that 'other side' where no peace exists. Why?
But its time to go. The computer has worked now for a few days and seems happy to wake up from its 'sleep' state - without punishment. Additionally, two boats have come to my aid - I am being lent an extra computer(if we can get it going) and... an extra screen. So, on the communications front we should be alright.
And as I look at the 20 days of sailing that lie ahead I am cognizant that, because of that southern ocean swell at cross purposes with the SE trade winds and waves, it will be an uncomfortable ride. Hence a few tweakings. In an effort to reduce the bone-jarring banging that goes on between the two hulls, as water meets fiberglass, I have redistributed the weight from the front of the boat to the back. This is an effort to raise the bow and let more water through. Additionally, as the seas will be from the southern side, I have put up screens on the outside of the railings on the port side ...a first line of defense against nasty rogue waves that are intent on bringing the bimini down.
On second thought... maybe I will wait another day...but...or...well..maybe I will wait for tomorrow and see - oh that 'other side'.
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