Yet More Plastic
10th February 2019
Today unfortunately brings more plastic. There was some kind of white thing floating about 100m away from me. I am not sure what it was but it was quite big, maybe a discarded fender? Also another plastic water bottle floating on the surface followed by some seaweed with what looked like thin rope and bits of plastic all wrapped in it.
Unfortunately I can’t collect any of it (I think my boat would be full by now if I could) as I am facing backwards and I don’t ever see these things until they are past me. As you have seen from a few weeks ago, when I had to drop para anchor and ended up going backwards, rowing into a headwind is not feasible, which is what I would have to do to turn round and go back for things.
The winds have continued to drop from yesterday and there is now hardly a breath of wind. This has made it very hard going today and is extremely frustrating. I am rowing as hard as my body will allow and the hours go into the night, but the mileage tally does not reflect the effort. I am praying to the wind gods that it will start to pick up again tomorrow. Other than the wind, it’s been another great day on the Ocean; nice bit of sun with broken cloud so I don’t totally frazzle and regular visits from sea birds all day.
As it’s hopefully my last calm day, I decided to give the bottom one last clean. I am actually pretty ok with getting in now. As long as I have my goggles on and can see round me I am pretty comfortable in the water. I use to do a lot of scuba diving and it’s the same with that, once you are under and can see what’s going on there are no surprises to worry about. I should have taken a photo of myself tho as I must look pretty odd.
Picture the scene, go pro on my head, goggles on, scraper in hand, and peg on my nose!!! For some reason, maybe I have bigger nostrils than everyone else, I can not go underwater without water getting up it. I either have to hold my nose or put a nose clip on. I did not bring a nose clip, but I did bring standard clothes pegs, so that is what I have been doing when scraping the bottom.
It’s amazing how many barnacles have grown since its last clean. With my new found confidence in the water I managed to get right under and scrape off every last one. So True Blue is now smooth bottomed again ready for some super fast speeds during the week (fingers crossed!)
The sunset this evening was beautiful, there was still a fair bit of cloud dotted around the sky. As the sun set every single one shone bright red. This then reflected off the water, and for a few minutes it was like looking through a red filter. Truly amazing.
Well, before I sign off I just want to say thank you all again for your support. I have heard there are so many of you following my journey, I am very humbled thank you.
May your dreams come true,