Day 96 A remote passage 6/12/13

Dec 7, 2013Position: 35.36 S, 108.40 E

The Indian Ocean is the most remote ocean I will cross. During my transit of the Pacific Ocean from Victoria B.C. to Stewart Island off the tip of New Zealand, I was never very far from civilization and neither was the voyage from Stewart Island to Tasmania and under Cape Leeuwin in Western Australia. Land was always on the chart and not far away. There were places I could pull into, if need be, to find sanctuary. The transit of the Indian Ocean from Australia to Africa, a distance of 4500 nm, on the other hand,  has little to offer in terms of refuge. I feel like I’m stepping off  into the wild blue yonder.

From here to Cape Horn will be a very long stretch of lonely ocean. Soon,  I will lose satelitte phone coverage and won’t pick it up again until I’m off the coast of South America. My Winlink stations will be fewer, so my available times to download and upload email will be limited to evenings and early mornings. My ham radio connections are fewer as well. All of this adds to the remoteness of the passage. Crossing the Indian Ocean has a much different feel now that I am crossing it than any part of my voyage so far. The one very positive thing is that after rounding Cape Horn I will head for home and into loving arms. That is what I will focus on for the next four months, and with all your support I know I can make it. 

Course 275 T Speed 7 knots Wind S 20 Waves S 3 metres Cloud 100% Temp 15 C Baro 1018 Miles in last 24 hr 150 nm Volts 13.60

Comments

  1. Bill and Tracey says:

    Glenn, my dear friend, We have been following you every single day.
    Tracey and M went for lunch the other day and later came here for tea. It was so nice to visit with her and at the same time it made us miss you more. Be strong my friend, it’s a vast sea you are entering into but never think that you are alone. We are with you in our hearts every day. Please stay safe. love, Bill and Tracey …

  2. Doug Cairns says:

    The ocean is so wide and your boat is so small. May God bless you and keep you safe Glenn.

  3. Best wishes to both of you and rest of family as you sail into this part of your journey. I’ve really enjoyed reading about your experiences, your feelings and the sights and sounds that you’ve shared with everyone along the way so far.I look forward to more updates and am grateful to join in like this on your voyage! sincerely,Kristine

  4. Thinking of you Glenn. Just one more in a host of supporters sending positive energy and strength Remembering the many chats on the dock at RVYC when we were training in the sonar and you were preparing Kim Chow Cape Horn awaits. Ken

  5. Steve Dewar says:

    Hi Glen. As you continue your quest across the Indian ocean, never fear of being alone. As a fellow Victorian, my thoughts will be with you every time you get that twang of loneliness.
    Cheers!

  6. Deb Carere says:

    Glenn …… stay focused on the loving arms that await you and the sense of accomplishment that will forever be with you and all that know you. We will all be with you in the coming miles …..look at the stars at night and know we are thinking of you…..you are never alone. xoxo deb

  7. I can only imagine the feeling you describe. When I crossed the Indian, I was well north of you and pulled into Cocos Keeling and the Mascarenes. Nonetheless, the ocean had a distinct character different from either Pacific or Atlantic and I was rather happy to be back in the Atlantic at the end of it. Keep strong–we’re all rooting for you!

  8. You are an inspiration. Keep strong.

  9. God speed Glenn. You must feel so bloody alive. Simon

  10. Vera Evans says:

    I wish you good luck and fair winds for the next leg of your journey.

  11. Bert Chamberlain says:

    Kick ass and be one with the ocean. Bert.

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