10 July 2011 | 350 nm off Cape Flattery
As the song goes “I wish I were….”. Well, it is starting to look like we are (finally) homeward bound. We hooked into the northwesterly trades we had been looking for. At 15k on a beam reach, we have been putting on some major miles the past couple of days – 160 nm the day before yesterday; 148 nm yesterday; and 145 nm today.
How quickly things can change out here. Why it wasn’t so long ago – about 4 days ago when we logged 92 nm – that I was lamenting the fact that it would take us forever to get home. That is because we take the immediate situation and project it out ad infinitum as if nothing will ever change. But, of course, that is foolhardy because the only consistency to life is its inconsistency! And so now our projected arrival date has gone from Monday of next week to possibly Wednesday of this week! I am not a betting man, and I am glad I am not. This stuff would drive me wild(er)!!!
It is bitterly cold here, though. The water temperature is a bone-chilling 55 degrees and the air temperature, with chill factor, is decidedly cooler than that. Jim and I take our watches with everything we own on. Last night I put the watch cap away in favor of a balaclava. A balaclava! Imagine that! This sucks!! As soon as we get off watch we hurriedly slip under the blankets to warm up our digits and body.
The cockpit seats are usually wet rendering them useless for ‘enjoying’ the ride outside….as if you would want to! So the guy on watch sits at the top of the gangway steps, under the dodger, with the hatch closed to keep what little heat there may be in the cabin. It isn’t a whole lot of fun. I much prefer the warmer climes!! Besides eating, the only other activity we can pursue is reading novels. So we spend our days chewing through hero novels and looking at the handheld GPS to tell us how much further. We have been counting down the miles and early this morning we crossed into the 300’s, and later today we hope/expect to cross into the 200’s.
But just a few hours ago the NWesterly started to lighten up. So maybe we won’t get there by Wed. after all. But at least we should be able to make it before Race Weed starts, which will give me some much-needed time to rest up from this 2-month odyssey. But, hey – we still have 350 nm to go and this passage has (re)taught me one thing – don’t plan on anything and that way your plan’s won’t get ruined!!