Going, Going, Gone
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Going, Going, Gone

Going, Going, Gone

Going, Going, Gone

Gone are the cumulus cloud forms that have dominated the skies for nearly a month. Instead, we have the clouds that I grew up with and water colour skies.

The change has been dramatic and sudden. I am wearing fleece. I sleep with a blanket. There is dew on the decks and cabin top in the morning. The flying fish are gone.

Most importantly, the languid pace of the tropics has given way to the rush of lows that sweep up from the south and hurl themselves at Chile. There seems to be no end to them and from whose forge and fire they are created I can only imagine. Nonetheless they are our ticket around and home.

This night the stars have all blinked out. We sail straight south on northerly winds that we carry on the starboard quarter wing on wing. Balanced as she is, Seaburban sails straight as an arrow with so little pressure on the helm that a rubber band would suffice for an autopilot. It is as if everything around us is taking one long, last deep breath before we meet up with the westerlies that circle the globe below 40 South.

I find it hard to believe. 40 South. It sounds like it should be the name of a garage band. Or a Spaghetti Western. “Heya Sherriff. Where’d ya say the struck that vein a silver ’round here? Wasn’t 40 South?” “I never said friend. Now git along and mind yer business before folks in town here start thinkin’ yer touble.”

No, 40 South is the home of the Roaring Forties, the name given the westerly winds that blow unabated and unobstructed around the world by the clippermen of the golden age of sail. We are not worlds away from them as one might be when reading an adventure novel. We are right next door, only a few days sail away and left wondering what they might ask of us for passage.

It is, I suppose, why we are here in the first place. What price passage whether it be around the world below 40 South or up Kilimanjaro? We shall know soon enough and it is the knowing, is it not, that makes it worth every penny.

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15 Comments
  • BT
    Posted at 10:41h, 02 July Reply

    Bert, you are amazing! Following you progress and posts with great admiration for you courage and wishing / willing you success. You are on the downhill run now. All the best from an Aussie follower BT ( 2 degrees of separation from your Uncle Joe).

  • Sandi Lyon
    Posted at 03:20h, 06 July Reply

    That looks about right. When it’s hot out in the ocean, its foggy and wet on the Wet Coast. That means you’re on the right track, heading the right direction. Finally. Woohoo.

  • Anita Kuntz
    Posted at 00:10h, 08 July Reply

    Following you journey and am truly amazed.

  • Suzan Persons
    Posted at 15:43h, 09 July Reply

    What an amazing journey!!

  • Karin Hill
    Posted at 15:27h, 13 July Reply

    Been following you for a couple of months now. What an amazing journey! Your blog is insightful and humorous. Almost home. Safe travels!

  • MountainJack
    Posted at 19:52h, 14 July Reply

    Has to be an amazing feeling to be so near home, Bert.

    Have spent months at sea “steaming”, not sailing, gaining my sea legs with the constant motion just became second nature. Getting back to a stable platform at dockside or over on the beach left me wobbly for a day or two. Cannot imagine how you’ll feel after a year of hardly ever being stable. There is that other thing having been on your own for that long; the familiarity of constant aloneness , the feeling of approach avoidance, being forced back into humanity. Might feel as though you could just extend a little bit more and savor the experience just a little longer…naw, probably not.

    Welcome back home, Bert. You’ve completed one heck of a feat.

  • Arthur Oliver
    Posted at 04:33h, 15 July Reply

    Getting oh so close. What’s the ETA?

  • estelle C whiddon
    Posted at 02:58h, 16 July Reply

    Bert, your homecoming Saturday will be a joyous occasion! I have followed the voyage daily and hope your arrival home brings much joy.

  • Peter Jungschaffer
    Posted at 07:19h, 18 July Reply

    This has been so great. Thank you!!!

  • BT
    Posted at 09:50h, 18 July Reply

    Hi Bert, you are just a few hours away from home. We are cheering for your most successful journey. We are especially amazed at the sailing conditions below Australia and New Zealand, as we can have some very big polar blasts hit us at this time of the year. Cannot imagine what it was like to sail through that type of weather. Can only take of hats off to you I amazement. Hope that you make it to Oz for a visit. What a wonderful achievement you have accomplished. /bt

  • Antonio Corbelletta
    Posted at 16:15h, 18 July Reply

    Congratulations! What an adventure! Well done. I have enjoyed tracking your voyage everyday just wish I would have know about it earlier, from the beginning.

  • Suzan
    Posted at 18:13h, 18 July Reply

    Yeahhhhhhhhh Bert!!! You have done it!!!
    Happy Homecoming – And stay safe!!!
    It isn’t the same world that you left!!
    I’m going to miss reading your travels and your adventures!! But thrilled that you’re home (almost) safe and sound!!
    Next trip around the world, hope that you’ll stop along the way and post your photos of the locals and the ports!!

  • Raegan Elford
    Posted at 19:23h, 18 July Reply

    Soldier who has logged more sea time than this Navy sailor.
    What an incredible accomplishment (the journey vice logging more sea time than I)
    BZ

  • Marianne Scott
    Posted at 18:25h, 19 July Reply

    Congratulations on your accomplishment! I guess we will have to put up a plaque commemorating your voyage on the Victoria Harbour wall.

    Hope to see you this week.

    Marianne Scott

  • Tom Cory
    Posted at 07:40h, 23 July Reply

    Congradulations Bert from Annapolis MD. A Great Adventure.

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