A Beer at Sunset
6th February 2019
Quite an eventful day really, which has led to me writing this blog whilst having a beer! Yes, that’s right, a beer. To find out how the day has ended like this keep reading.
Firstly my daily plastic spot which was a blue unidentifiable piece in some floating seaweed and what looked like the lid from a large paint pot. I am usually too late spotting anything to get a chance to grab it, I am determined to get hold of something in a bid to find out where it has come from and how many miles it’s travelled.
I have seen another sunrise at last!!! This is the first day in ages I have not been rained on and the sun has been out all day. Blooming marvellous! Once the speaker was charged the tunes were on and the singing was loud. The wind is still pretty moderate but with a bit of welly I am knocking off more miles. The current forecast is for less wind at the weekend (boo!) but then it picks right up from Monday (hurray!) However, all the wind is going the right way so I am definitely not complaining, there is just more chance of higher mileage the more windy it is.
There were no fish in my pond this morning, but I did have a close encounter with a fish this morning. A massive wave took me by surprise from my left hand side. It literally swamped me and the whole boat. As the boat levelled and the water cleared I was left with a fish in my lap. This is absolutely a true story. I have made it sound like a massive tuna landed on me. Actually the fish was about 2cm long, but it was still a fish.
Later in the afternoon, I spotted a sailing vessel coming up behind me, I double checked its course via AIS and was happy that it would pass at least 2 miles clear of me. Then I noticed it seemed to be changing course.
“True Blue this is LOLA on channel 16, over”
“LOLA this is True Blue receiving you, over”
“True Blue, we have just changed course to come over and see you. Are you a rowing boat?”
“Yes, I am a solo female ocean rower on my way to Barbados”
“Wow, this is amazing, can we come over and take a photo? Can we bring you some fresh fruit?”
“I am not sure how we would get it over, but fresh fruit would be very welcome, see you shortly”
A few minutes later I was joined by the wonderful crew of LOLA which was a very beautiful Yacht. I am guessing about 55ft, but I am a very small 21ft so I may have misjudged that. The crew were a lady who I was talking to on the radio and two guys who I am guessing were father and son (again I was not too close, so could have got that wrong.)
Now, my crossing is solo and unsupported. This means I can not have any kind of organised support. For example if I run out of food and arrange for a boat to drop me some off that would make my record attempt void – however if by chance encounter you are offered something you are permitted to accept.
So the plan was arranged via the radio that Lola would put some fruit into a dry bag with a rope and small buoy attached, this would be thrown in up wind and I would retrieve it from the water.
Attempt one did not come close enough, attempt two I did not grab in time, but attempt three was a direct hit – the bag came right along side. I was so very grateful, and the thought of fresh fruit was just brilliant.
We wished each other a safe passage and may even catch up in Barbados if they stop there, it was very strange to interact with people – such a brilliant encounter.
As they reset their sails and went back on their original course I opened the bag. Oh My God!!!! Oranges (perfect) apples (lovely) cheese (just wow) chocolate (not just any chocolate, Dairy Milk!!) and two beers!!!!!
Beer!! It’s like someone actually heard me and delivered my shopping list!!
So that’s how I come to be drinking a beer whilst writing this blog. I am having one now as a slightly late half way celebration and I think I will have the other one at sunset on my last night on board.
So a very happy Aurora is signing off for another night.