Silver Linings
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Silver Linings

Silver Linings

Silver Linings

It’s been one of those days. One of those try as you might you should never have gotten out of bed days. I have slipped, tripped, and fallen on deck and in the cabin. I managed to drop, let slip, or let slide food or drink. The sextant and I got a salt-water hosing while trying to get a noon sight. The wind is anywhere from 10 knots to 30 and, to top it all off, we make 6 knots through the water and something like 4 over the ground.

The wind, already frustrated by the swell, will go lighter tonight meaning we will be slower still provided I can keep wind in the sails. It seems unlikely given that the swell is not forecast to go down. I am not at all keen to be swallowed up by the high pressure ridge astern so it looks like I’ll be up till all hours trying to eke something useful out of the breeze.

And it’s cold. As in sub-50 Fahrenheit in the cabin cold and can’t feel your fingers outside cold.

I went on deck looking for silver linings and got this. For a moment, all is forgotten. I grasp at it  trying to cling on as I know that as soon as I step back inside, nothing will have changed. I still will have slipped, tripped, fallen, dropped, let slip, got doused, been slow, and gotten cold. The difference between then and this moment is that I am grateful. I am still kicking at the can albeit slowly and this day clumsily. I am still here.

And tomorrow, the forecast is for fair winds and following seas. Who am I to ask for more?

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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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