I’m still struggling to continue with the western progress I was making, rowing as close to the wind as possible, and being blown southish (fine) and east (bad) – it feels rubbish seeing my west miles ticking back down, but I’m trying to make the most of every opportunity to sneak past the waves and am hoping for another drop in the wind.
1. More fish in the water tank! They’re getting a bit cheeky now, and are having a proper party in there, swishing about like mad.
2. Underneath my boat has become a real hang out space for the cool kids, but also a bit of a hunting ground. It’s so busy under there – I have to force myself back to the oars or I would be looking over the side all day. Lots and lots of the little fish (the ones that keep ending up in the tank), and now about 15 bigger fish that obviously like the little ones for dinner. The bigger ones are 1-2 foot long, bright blue with bright yellow tails. They swim lower down than the little fish, and just pop up to the surface to snap and gulp regularly. I tried to get photos but they’ve eluded me so far. Anyone know what they are? (Captain Kate?)
3. As I was getting my sea anchor in this morning the rope stung my hands and also where it touched my leg, leaving a rash on both. (Not very bad or long-lasting). Anyone know why? I haven’t seen any jellyfish around.
4. This afternoon I heard an extra splashy splashing sound in the distance behind me and looked around to see a huge pod of dolphins leaping along, obviously on their way somewhere. Some of them were loving it so much they were doing giant leaps up like an acrobat in the water. I didn’t realise that dolphins travel in such big groups – I’ve only ever seen a few at a time before – but there were at least 30 or 40 of these. Wow.
Thank you again to everyone who is commenting, sending emails and messages, supporting and generally spurring me on. It is so wonderful to read them all, and really helps give me strength to keep pushing on. I’m so sorry I can’t reply to everyone individually from here, but please know that your messages are hugely appreciated and I think about them while I’m rowing!
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