Noon Position: 34 33.0 S 053 49.5 W
Land, Uruguay to be precise, just off Cabo Polonio to be a little more precise.
80 miles to go, the wind is light which with the Rio de le Plata’s reputation for some nasty winds - the Sudestadas and the Pampero - is fine by me. If the breeze holds we will be in Piriapolis sometime tomorrow morning.
Ships and fishing boats kept me occupied last night and I expect tonight will be the same, otherwise an uneventful 24 hours. The most significant event to report is that I finished “War and Peace” this morning. Yahoo! A strange book, part novel, part history, and part philosophy. I think Tolstoy’s major point is that free will is an illusion - no argument from me. His closing lines compare our pre-Copernican perception of reality with an historiography which includes the notion of free will:
“In the first case it was necessary to renounce the consciousness of an unreal immobility in space and to recognize a motion we did not feel; in the present case it is similarly necessary to renounce a freedom that does not exist, and to recognize a dependence of which we are not conscious.”
Thus ends page 1455, I suspect he could have drawn this conclusion in a slightly more concise manner, but then it wouldn‘t be “War and Peace“.
Meanwhile the low sandy coast and shallow green waters of Uruguay sails by.
All is well.
Ah, delightful! Light breeze, sun shining, an ever so gentle little roll. Now this is feline cruising. I enjoyed a little bit of sun in the cockpit this morning, now as it warms up back to the quarter berth. More of the same please . . . Zzzzzzz.