Three’s A Crowd
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Three’s A Crowd

Three’s A Crowd

Three’s A Crowd

Around 1130pm the wind and waves seemed to be picking up. Seaburban was sailing fast but It felt as if the Monitor was labouring. I looked at Salty, my trusty mascot, who pretended to be asleep so I figured it was my watch.

Up on deck all was well. But in the distance all around you could just make out the ragged bottoms of the nimbus clouds that had followed us all day. They pack rain and wind so a couple more roles in type poled out twin headsails was in order. After all it was why I had set the headsails on poles in the first place. Reefing down would be quick and easy.

You could used to the sounds the boat makes both on deck and below. Strange sounds are not necessarily cause for alarm but they do bear investigation. While working away at the winches, there was a croak or two that was new coming from the mast.

Looking up I see a large bird setting up housekeeping at the masthead. How it’s managing to hang on to its perch is a mystery. The thing is half-flying, half-falling and I fear for the wind instruments.

Banging on the mast, stays, and shrouds only seems to encourage it. I turn off all the spreader and masthead lights but that makes no difference either. I decide to try the searchlight set on strobe.

It’s a contest of wills but I can see he is bothered. A few minutes more and he takes flight and I watch him disappear amongst the wave tops. No damage done save for his pride.

One last glance about before going below and there he is again. Full points for persistence says I as a grab the spotlight and turn on the strobe.

Two more attempts and he finally gives up. Turns out three’s a crowd around here.

Going below, Salty is still pretending to be asleep but the snack locker’s been raided. No bird to blame there.

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4 Comments
  • 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.

    Cheers,

  • 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

    Bert,
    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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