One of Those Days
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One of Those Days

One of Those Days

One of Those Days

I had the feeling this morning it was going to be one of those days. Maybe I was overdue, Maybe it’s being so close to home. Maybe it’s because I haven’t slept more than 2 hours in a stretch for weeks.

The four protrusions you see near the top of the mast are foldable steps. They allow you to stand upright when working at the top of the mast. When not in use they fold away. On bad days, they double as halyard snags. Today was one of those days.

The main halyard snagged one of the footsteps while I was taking out a reef. On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the worst, barring putting a hole in the boat, losing the mainsail ranks pretty close to 10.

On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the luckiest, I pocketed a perfect 10 by simply hauling the main down hand over hand. Don’t ask me how or why that worked. It just did.

Shortly after saving the halyard and keeping the mainsail in service, the collapsible boat hook jammed fully extended. No big deal, but an annoyance nonetheless. I managed to free the mechanism by ignoring the thing for an hour.

Walking the deck as I do every day, I noticed the bunji securing the top-down furler at the pulpit was missing. When I turned around to walk back from the bow, I missed my hand-hold and went bunny-hopping from port to seaboard and just managed to latch onto the inner-forestay before hopping off the bow and into the drink.

Not wanting to push my luck any further, I decided I had better stay off the deck, do as little sail handling as possible, and avoid any sharp objects. That worked for all of 40 minutes or so. I was forced on deck when a cresting wave hit us hard enough to gybe the boat leaving the poled out Solent and main back-winded and shaking the whole boat as if Neptune himself was having fits.

One of those days I guess. Tonight, I’ll strap myself down to the bunk to make sure I don’t fall  of bed. You know, just in case …

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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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