It's Not Over Until the Pacific Says its Over
07 September 2001 | 42 56.92' N, 153 16.00' W
After seeing a chink of light at the end of the tunnel; rowing in the paradise of westerly winds, it has all stopped as we've been on the sea anchor for three days. We are resorting back to siege tactics by rowing when the winds are light and anchoring quickly as the breezes increase from the South East. Tim and I have both accepted that the pacific will always a have the last word.
On a more positive note we know the weather is due to change and with not too far until the three quarter way mark we're rearing to go.
We've not been alone this week with sightings of three container ships en route to Long Beach California. We always hail the bridge on VHF for the exchange of nautical pleasantries and the joy of hearing another human voice in this wilderness. We have also had some non human contact in the form of a young whale, still a formidable creature at 30 feet he was shy at first circling the boat at a distance until he realised that we were no threat to him. We were then subjected to much bravado as the young buck came towards us at speed in a mock attack, this action was repeated on four occasions before he swam off feeling very brave to assault some plankton:-)
We also had our first encounter with a large shark, at 7 feet not a man eater, but a great spectacle as it circled the boat. Of course at the time none of our cameras were ready and by the time we'd got our act together our curious shark swam off - that's showbiz!
I'm sure we'll see some more as we approach the United States seaboard and the Farallon Islands off San Francisco as it is the home of the largest specimens of great white sharks to be found in the world. Hopefully we'll try to film them - from the safety of Crackers I might add!
All my love to Mum, Dad, Sian and Ang and thank you for all your messages, Alasdair back at our base station will be bringing all your good luck messages out to San Francisco for us to read when we arrive. Unfortunately our laptop cannot be repaired but we know you are all rooting for us. In this Ocean Rowing lark we get plenty of time to marvel at the natural world. Land life is busy so take time out, even if just to stick your head out of the window, feel the wind, smile, you're alive! Until next time keep it real.