Thoughts of Home
21st February 2019
Just 250nm left to go!!! Up until now I have not really thought much about finishing and getting home, I have tried to concentrate on the task in hand.
Now the end is in sight I have started to think about my lovely little house and can’t wait to get back there. It is surrounded by trees, we have squirrels and all kinds of wildlife visit the garden and the river is just down the end of the road. I love it, especially on warm evenings when me and Jaime can sit on the deck and enjoy dinner with a glass of wine.
Jaime, Mum and Dad are all flying out to Barbados tomorrow, I can’t wait to see them. That’s going to be brilliant seeing their lovely faces. I wonder if it will be like when I left? As in.. how long do you keep waving for!!
From a vantage point they will probably be able to see me a few hours before I actually arrive. I am not sure where they will be, I am hoping that it will be daylight and pretty straight forward for them to find me.
I have my Barbados chart out and marked up ready to go. I have a waypoint marked up on the Northern point then I will follow the island round into Port Saint Charles. There seem to be a few reefs and obstructions to avoid but these are clearly marked up on the chart, plus I should have a boat coming out to escort me in. Feels exciting to start planning the arrival in my head now. Nearly there!!!!
It’s been a pretty dreary day with a few patches of rain. The wind has been very strange, one minute it’s blowing a hooley, the next it’s flat calm. This is caused by small areas of low pressure passing through, there is no point trying to navigate round them – I am just holding course and dealing with whatever the wind is doing hour by hour.
I wish I could catch these flying fish on camera for you, they are amazing to watch. A group of about fifteen all flew out of the water a few feet from the boat and in formation made a good 20metre flight before re entering the water. I have noticed that as they begin to loose altitude, they swish their tail on the surface of the water to get a bit of momentum going again.
Plastic watch today – a big blue plastic bag floating just below the surface of the water, I could not be sure but it looked like it may have been tied at the top so probably contained more rubbish.
Well that was my last Thursday sunset!! Here’s hoping for a trouble free night and some good rowing conditions for the remainder of my crossing.
Thank you all again for following my journey and helping to spread awareness about the problem of plastics pollution in our oceans.