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I know it’s a bit of a cliche, but looking up at the stars at night, spanning from horizon to horizon, it’s quite easy to feel, well… tiny. This feeling isn’t helped when I look at our navigation programs and realize that while we just crossed 500nm completed on this passage, we still have a bit under 3,100nm left to go, or about 21 days if we can average 6 knots.
So yes, it is easy to get sucked into the vastness of everything out at sea, but there is also a great sense of peace. We are looking up at a sky unfiltered by light, as seen by our ancestors for thousands of years. And it is literally just us and the sea. There is no one within 100nm of us. Not sure we were looking for it, but we have truly found the way to get away from it all.
At this point in time we are still heading mostly south with a little westward angle thrown in for good measure. After a slow first day, the winds have been pretty consistent in terms of speed, though a bit variable in terms of direction. Over the last 48 hours, we’ve averaged almost 6.5 knots, with some periods of up over 7. The barber hauler is truly working its magic as most of our sailing has been deep broad reaching to downwind. But the winds have shifted to more of a beam reach for the next several hours, so we’re going to put the main up and see if we can let SH stretch her legs for a while.