After 19 days and 1 hour and 16 minutes at sea we catch sight of St Lucia. Emerald green rising up out of the sea we catch a glimpse of the mountainous terrain and sail across the finish line on December 13th at 13.33 GMT.
We made it, 2896 nautical miles across the world’s second largest ocean. It’s hard to know what I feel, we are tired and this ending is bitter sweet. I could just keep going and going. Relief, disbelief, joy and something that feels like loss creeps in as we drop our sails and turn on the engine. Of course, I am overjoyed to have arrived safely, we are all in one piece, our boat is in one piece, but I am sorry it is all over.
What an amazing experience. I have accomplished every major goal that I have set for myself and like other major goals once you are there you can always see that there is something further. Even though not off the boat I am thinking about my next ocean race and suspect it will be a transpacific Vic- Maui. This will be my next horizon beyond this horizon.
I have portrayed my experience as accurately as possible but I am coming to terms with the fact that it will be an imperfect representation of reality as so much of this voyage is inadequately decribed in words. Hopefully the blogs will provide a hint of the flavour of this voyage but there was always a richness and depth in my direct experience that is hard to capture.
I will add the posts over the next few days. Grab a coffee and enjoy the retroactive look of my adventure.
…and that my friends is how you cross an ocean.