All at sea
Roz Preston /Ed Phillips
Thu 6 Oct 2022 15:06
Today has been full of incident. After breakfast, Ed and I had just finished shaking out the last of the reefs in our twin headsails when we were visited by a huge school of dolphin. They were all around us, surfing down the waves astern, speeding alongside in formation, 5 or more doing synchronised swimming, to weave from side to side right under the bow. There was lots of joyful breaching, diving and tail flapping.There must have been 30/40 of them, just coming by to say hello and put on a bit of a show before heading off as suddenly as the appeared to go about whatever dolphin business needed their attention elsewhere. I thought of John Kretschmer’s words of advice in ‘Sailing to the Edge of Time’. Being out on an ocean in a sailing yacht is a great privilege. Live every moment. I would add …especially in a boat you built yourself, with friends as invested in her story as I am.
Today’s great triumph was making our own water, 50 litres in 2 hours running the watermaker while we charged the batteries. Very satisfactory.
And Sweet Dreams is sailing beautifully, one headsail flying either side of the bow, taking it all in her stride at 6 to 8 knots. This is what it’s all about. The boat, the sea, the wind. Living and loving every moment of the voyage.
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