Are We There Yet?
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Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

Are we there yet?
For the most part, the doldrums/ITCZ/Horse Latitudes treated us kindly. The calms were short-lived and the squalls not much more than showers.

The NE trades just kept blowing and blowing refusing to loosen their grip on Seaburban. The question I kept asking myself was the one every parent on any road trip knows is coming. Are we there yet?

This morning we, or more correctly, they arrived. We’ve been close-hauled since on port tack since and it looks to be port tack until mid-December at least. That realization hit a nerve as I recalled how hard Nani and I had worked taking Seaburban to Alaska and back against the wind pretty much the whole time.

If, as they say, gentleman don’t go to windward, then what does that make me and every other circumnavigator? A rogue? Perhaps a scoundrel or ne’er do well? All the above? If that’s the case, then I will consider myself in very good company indeed for I am trailblazing. Nothing of the sort at all.

Worrying about the coming beat to windward, Salty must have noticed the steam coming out of my ears. He flicked his head towards the companionway in that universal way that means beat it. Outside, in the breeze and sun, I return to my senses and know that it is simply one day at a time. As it is for everyone everywhere.

I stuck my head down the companionway and hollered my thanks to Salty. Once again, he pretended to sleep.

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  • Claude
    Posted at 20:39h, 29 March Reply

    In weather like today having a fellow partner would make the difference of the world.

    Heavy weather conditions are great only when you have enough energy to enjoy it. I wish you the time of your life.

  • Tony Yanca
    Posted at 02:58h, 06 April Reply

    Hi Bert, I came across your voyage on looking for more positive and up-beat news in the world today. As we continue to try to isolate ourselves looking to conquer this extremely serious virus, you’re essentially isolated fighting the elements of Ocean Blue. I’m a surfer in Southern California and I’m always intrigued by extremely passionate individuals who take on these adventures, especially when it involves the ocean. I’m currently listening to some Reggae and enjoying a Pale Ale from our local brewery 🙂 Our Family is healthy and I’ll be working from home tomorrow, but will continue to follow your voyage rooting you on the whole way through. I wish you safe passage and pray that you will utilize all that you’ve learned to help you endure the many obstacles that come your way. You will make complete this voyage and I look forward to your future posts. Take care of yourself.


  • John T.Rice
    Posted at 04:06h, 06 April Reply

    Be safe..pulling for you!

  • Susan Conway Gray
    Posted at 05:56h, 06 April Reply

    What an incredible journey you have set up for yourself!
    I find your reflection on the coronavirus to be incredibly insightful.
    Self isolation as a time to reflect on what we want to become, what legacy we choose to leave behind.
    To many that level of self introspection will appear daunting and even impossible.
    To truly examine our minds, behaviors, and motivations while holding them into the light through the prism of our souls is an exercise most would not have the courage to do.
    But I hope some will take up that challenge.
    Good luck to you!

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