Out of Gas
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Out of Gas

Out of Gas

Out of Gas

I feel like it’s been 15 rounds with Rocky and the judge’s decision has not gone my way. Below, I can tell the swell remains but the wind has turned to whispers. The faint, comforting sounds of the Seaburban slipping through the water are absent and have been replaced by the slaps and bangs of the the waves that remain after yesterday’s blow. The Solent, stable in all but zephyrs, shakes the entire rig.

I am out of gas and not looking forward to another 18 hours of nothing. As per the computer models, the wind has all but evaporated. John has been forecasting this patch for days now. I have been hoping against hope it doesn’t happen. The wind is gone, and I struggle with hope.

And then this. I come on deck to this. How can one feel sorry for oneself with this. To starboard, my companion and now confidante, rests an Albatross. The others wheel in the sky in what must be a Herculean task for I never see them successful. My inconsequential troubles melt away. The clouds, first a smokey gray, quickly brighten as if they too have been healed by the sun. How quickly my sorrowful cloak of woes is cast off comes as a surprise.

How lucky am I? How privileged can I be to have all this to myself when most, like the birds about me, are looking for their next meal and praying for shelter.

The day is yet full of promise. The silver linings shining above and all do not deceive. It is up to me, and no one else, to make a day of it. As it must be for all, even my witness floating off to starboard.

(Side note from Shoreteam: Bert has been feeling the loneliness of being at sea these past 5 months with 2 to go. If you want to send Bert a motivational email or have question about his journey, please send him an email at [email protected] He would love to hear from his followers!)

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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 goodnewsnetwork.org 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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