Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Northbound - Day 1

Despite over 24 uncomfortable wet and windy hours offshore and a few days to spare, my captain ignored my pleas to stop at an island – any island – before reaching Antigua. For the first time in months we were forced to sail close hauled as we work our way windward. This sailor had forgotten just how uncomfortable the sailing life can be. Only one day at sea and yet my soggy body ached as if I’d been soaking in salt water and confined to the cockpit for days. During a moment of silent encouragement when the only positive thought I could muster was at least the water is warm, I heard my captain shout “let’s go dry our knickers” and we changed course for Dominica.

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