Brace Yersel Effie
28 April 2020 | Virtual Sailing
No, not the Scotsman's idea of foreplay, just another message from the Malaysian government - lockdown extended another two weeks and we're braced for the likelihood of a further two weeks. Aaaargh.
Many years ago we were on the car ferry on our way to Shetland for a long weekend sea kayaking. It was an overnighter and we'd splashed out on a cabin. It came with a bed and its own loo and shower. It even had a window. It could also have doubled as a broom cupboard.
We left Aberdeen early evening and at around midnight, we felt the engines slow as the ship pulled in to Orkney to let the locals and tourists off. Unable to sleep in our cupboard cum cabin we headed up on deck to have a look at the capital of the Orkneys, Kirkwall. A bit daft really as it was midnight and it was pitch black. As we peered out into the darkness, seeing just a few street lights, straining to see any signs of life ashore, I turned to Anne and said, "What the hell do people do here in the winter?"
Out of the darkness, a voice next to me says, "Alcoholism and adultery". The voice then turns and heads into the darkness, towards the gang plank, shoulders slumped in recognition that its probably too late for either.
Here in sunny Rebak, after five weeks locked down it's beginning to feel a bit the same. Not much to do. Boredom settling in. Long days and longer dark nights. It's got all the potential for the above except, 1. You have to risk catching "the bug" and head ashore on the Corona Express to the big island for booze and 2. Nobody wants to sail home in a boat half the size the one they've got.