By Sunset today 11 April we will be halfway from Panama to Fatu Hiva! In 21 days we have covered 2000nm (3700km) and only have 3700km left to go! I did a little experiment on the chart plotter the other day, and I realized that the distance we have covered when we are finished will be equal to the distance from Kongsberg to Angola in Africa or to Alexandria in Egypt and back again to Kongsberg if you go in a straight line. And if you consider that our average speed is a quick walk / slow jogging pace (8kmh) it makes the world seem a lot bigger than if you were to travel by air. Flying the same distance would take about 8-9 hours. It makes the whole idea of sailing for 40 days to get there seem pretty pointless… But if I was in a hurry I would not have bought a sailboat. It is the journey itself that is the whole point, not just getting there. And there are no flights going to Fatu Hiva anyway…
We have caught some Mahi Mahi (fish), we had a successful and spontaneous MOB (Man Over Board) exercise yesterday, as I managed to drop the dishwashing bowl overboard. We have been in Galapagos for half a day, as Christina got a little sick, and we wanted to get her checked at a medical clinic before continuing on the crossing. There we met a horde of sea lions, dolphins, and a water comodo dragon or whaterver they are called.
We are spending the days playing card games, ludo, Uno or battleship, reading, watching series or movies, sleeping and eating. Life is slow, relaxing and exhausting at the same time. We are quite content where we are, but we also look forward to seeing land again and to get back into a normal routine. And to swim! We are surrounded by all this magical blue sea, but we seldom jump in it, as we don’t want to slow down our progress. Also we only have one pumpkin, a whole bunch of onions, some potatoes and some kind of green vegetable left as fresh food, so we are also looking forward to tasting some sweet tropical fruits again…
I don’t have as much time to write e-mails and updates as I was hoping for, mainly because we bought so much food that it is filling up all spaces except the bed, so the bed is the only place I can sit with the computer where I can be sure not to be sprayed by seawater. I knew this before we left, and the bed is quite comfy to sit in, but what I was not considering is that it is occupied 80% of the time. As we both need to catch up on sleep after having night shifts outside.
Anyway, at least I managed to get this little piece of a post out there 🙂