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Fair Fight

Fair Fight

Fair Fight

This isn’t exactly what you want to see first thing in the morning. Many-headed monsters and dragons vs Sir Salty and company would not seem a fair fight at first blush.

I however, was glad of it. You see there is only one of these tentacled menaces bearing down on us. These past few days it has been many. One vs many are poor odds even for Hollywood heroes. At the very least, one vs one meant the odds weren’t stacked against us.

And so it was during the day. The creature from Cumulus Land passed over us without so much as spilling a drop. His fellow n’er do wells stayed miles away leaving us to fend with nothing more than wind and wave. We had plenty of both.

At some 150 miles due south of Hawaii, we are just beyond visual range of the mountaintops. Contrails throwing shadows on cirrus overhead foretold of civilization and tonight I expect we’ll see the loom of lights on the cloud bases. I am shocked at how suddenly I seem to have arrived back in the ‘world’.

I wonder how I will feel slipping through the midst of the Hawaiian Islands. They may as well be the moon for all the access I have to them, but they are familiar. I have been here before. The explorers and adventurers whose wakes I have been following have all been here before. Cook famously rests here. Other than outlines, they would no longer be familiar to any of them. But they are familiar to me which both confuses and reassures. Thus my wondering.

My navigation will need to improve so close to land and danger. Leeway caused by the incessant hammering of the waves, headwinds, and an unknown but persistent current has rendered my dead reckoning mostly dead and not much reckoning. Star shots last night and this morning were impossible even with the boat slowed to a crawl as salt spray coated the sextant mirrors and lenses before I could get the necessary sights. At local noon today, I wave washed over us and for the first time on this trip, the sextant got soaked. It took a careful hour and more freshwater than I have used to wash myself these past 8 months to rinse and clean it. Perhaps tonight I’ll get lucky with cloud and conditions.

After tonight, I will be in familiar territory. It will mark the end of a long trek through a vast, captivating, and beautiful wilderness. I wonder how I will feel.

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16 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.

  • Mark
    Posted at 12:24h, 29 July Reply

    I don’t think that anyone that attended Estevan Junior High could have imagined that this was in the future for one of it’s students. I checked in at different legs of the journey and was fascinated every time. Congrats!

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