MangoandMe

14 December 2012
30 June 2012 | ASCENSION ISLAND
30 June 2012 | ASCENSION ISLAND
04 June 2012
28 May 2012 | St Helena, South Atlantic Ocean
28 May 2012 | St Helena, South Atlantic Ocean
25 May 2012 | Riviera Beach, Florida
23 May 2012 | Riviera Marina, Riviera Beach FL
23 May 2012 | Riviera Beach Marina, Riviera Beach, Florida
19 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
18 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
17 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
16 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
15 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
14 May 2012 | En route to Florida
13 May 2012 | Destination:Riviera Beach Marina, Riviera Beach, Florida
12 May 2012 | Destination:Florida
11 May 2012 | On the way to the Caribbean

THE WEATHER INSTINCT

13 November 2011 | closing in on S Africa - 500 plus miles
david
Another sunny, bright, calm day. Very light winds. I have just turned the engine off trying to take advantage of the increase in wind to 6-8 knots.

On a more introspective note -

First thing this morning, I received two e mails warning me of storms ahead. One even said, in effect, 'head for the closest shore!' I was struck how quickly my mood dove, how quickly I became obsessed with these reports.

All aspects of life aboard suddenly diminished in importance leaving only those directly related to surviving this purported storm dominating my minds radar. Almost like the physical symptoms of shock - all bodily functions close down to give maximum attention to the crucial organs that will sustain or give-up life.

However, in the ensuing discussion amongst three yachts in my general area on the daily radio 'net', it became clear I had embraced too strongly and too quickly these reports. It wasnt that bad. And... my mood shot up.

Realizing ones vulnerability out here and its close link to our survival instinct, it is most interesting to see the hierarchy of importance change. An aspect that hardly gets a second thought on land becomes all supreme out here. Suddenly, neither money, nor love, nor politics, nor....almost anything...compares. No, out here its the weather instinct! It dominates, it reigns supreme-it is the principal force that will decide if life is to be sustained - and... we experience it deep in our gut - out here.

(Im still trying to ascertain the weather up ahead)

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Vessel Name: Shearwater
Vessel Make/Model: CONSER 47 Racer/Cruiser Catamaran
Hailing Port: West Palm Beach Florida
Crew: MANGO AND ME
About:
Mango is a smart, funny, sensitive and totally unique wheaton/sheepdog. . He is my partner on this patently undoglike voyage but remains cheerful about the whole affair. [...]
Extra: Shearwater is a 47 foot, very sleek and light catamaran. She is part of a fleet of 11 that were built - its a sister ship of Shearwater that holds the unofficial speed record. 31 knots! Of the this fleet, only one has flipped...so we are on the side of good odds!
Shearwater's Photos - Main
Lesley, Kelly, John, Karol and David successfully transit the canal....a few misc shots
27 Photos
Created 13 March 2010
2 Photos
Created 12 June 2009

Who: MANGO AND ME
Port: West Palm Beach Florida