Psst… are you still there? I can’t believe it’s been 6 months since we completed our voyage. Time has flown by since getting back Bermuda and a LOT has happened since then, but I’ll save those updates for another post. For now, I just wanted to tell all the Bermuda-based folk that Alex and I are giving a talk at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute on Tuesday 4th of February at 7.30pm, and you’re all invited! Visit the BUEI website or see the poster below for more details.
This will be the first of a series of three talks over the next few months and will take you on a virtual tour of Bob and give an overview of the voyage and what it’s like to live on a small sailboat in a challenging environment. In the second and third talks (in March and April) we’ll talk more about the places, people and wildlife that we encountered. We hope you can make it.
I don’t think I’m a very good traveller, at least not in the long term. One thing I’ve struggled with during this voyage is being so far away from the people I love. I sometimes found it exhausting to put in so much energy making friends, only to say goodbye after a few short weeks knowing that I will probably never see those people again. Being surrounded by familiar faces is something that I completely took for granted before this voyage, and their absence is something I’ve never quite gotten used to.
I keep a running list of jobs to be done. ‘Replace head gaskets’. ‘Check rigging’. ‘Clean filter’. Stuff like that. The list is never finished, but I try not to let it get too long. The more important things, like ‘check rigging before next leg’ go straight to the top, and other things stay there for weeks, months or even years.
Today I was looking through the list and came across one or two things that have been put off for a while. ‘Replace engine belt’ and ‘oil change on high-pressure pump’. “I’ll do that in the next port”, I thought to myself. “Where are we going again?” “Oh, wait, that’s right………… we’re going to Bermuda.”
You know those feelings when you’re in the last few days of an epic holiday? The feeling of impending doom as your holiday nears its end and you have to get back to the ‘real world’? As your vacation countdown clock ticks away and you feel a tremendous pressure to fully enjoy every last moment? Well, these are what I am feeling now, in our penultimate destination of our three and a half year voyage: the British Virgin Islands, or the ‘BVIs’.
On Wednesday February 10th 2016, Bob hauled in her anchor and set sail from Marigot Bay, St. Martin, bound for Cartagena, Colombia. A little under 3 1/2 years later, on the afternoon of June 10th 2019, the same anchor found purchase on the same sand, and Bob found herself once again clustered