Night time is the scariest, when you are all alone… The wind howling through the rigging, waves slapping the hull. The tug of your anchor line all the while wondering if you will pull the whole bottom of the sea and drag it across the world with you. The rocky lee shore gives nightmares only men who have gone to sea can dream of. It’s cold and my body won’t stop shivering.
Cold and blustery winds blow, Sookie is riding nicely, I let out a little extra scope as it looks like the next few days are going to be a bit breezy. I don’t trust my leaking dinghy, after it was thrown through the washing cycle having been left on a rocky beach in a gale the owner patched the holes with epoxy thickened with oats.
For the first time ever I miss my rubber ducky, that piece of shit didn’t row well and was like towing a suction cup but was incredibly sea worthy and put in many more years of service and abuse than anyone could reasonably ask. I expected my dink to be sunk by morning but it’s still there and as long as it floats, my lifeline to shore and people and…
I have all my warmies on but I’m still cold, my fingers are cold everything is cold and damp, reminds me of the day I sailed into blubber bay like a drowned rat after crossing the Straits of Georgia , guess that Heater I have in Port Townsend should have been on the top of my list. I hear the occasional crash of water against the side of my hull as the gusts roll through, the rigging is moaning and the sky dark and brooding. The occasional fix of Internet gives me a bit to do but I have to go easy on my power management as I still have yet to add solar, its too gross out to work on the boat. My fingers worn to the bone from my uke concert today and according to Enviornment Canada for the foreseeable future the weather is looking really sucky all week with winds gusting to 40 predicted to hit late tonight, gross.
“it was times like these when a man in a desperate situation must take whatever madness is offered to escape the darker madness in which he finds himself trapped.” ― Sean F. Hogan