Excited, relieved and thankful

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Friday, January 13, 2017

03:00

All’s well. 122 nm to Honolulu. Boats going well and water is under control. “You gotta love it!”

Just going for a tour on deck and then back to sleep. I was surprised to find a fairly large bird perched on the dodger, sound asleep.

I took several flash shots of it but it didn’t seem to mind. I know very well what it’s like to be woken early.  After adjusting the sails, I left him to sleep. It’s overcast and the breeze is still strong. Our heading is still good!! Lat 19 16 N long 158 06 W

05:30 

Woke to a wind shift from South East to North East which is something I can work with. Our early morning sky is filled with very large dark clouds that look rather ominous. Well time will tell if they are friend or foe. For now, we’re up, as is our fine feathered passenger who is watching from the deck on the lazarrette after leaving a calling card on the front door step. Onward ever onward to our destination.

07:25 

The sun is climbing rapidly out of the sea and our passenger Bella the Booby seems quite happy to be getting a ride and doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to vacate the premises. She’s sitting quietly cleaning herself.  

I feel great, excited and relieved. The sharp bite of anxiety that has been a constant shipmate is losing its grip on me. We have very good conditions so far today which I hope will last for the next 102 nm. We are about 100 miles due west of the big island of Hawaii. Far enough to not be in its shadow. The wind is coming from the North East and with this low seaway, we are able to point to a course of 354, which is only 10 or 12 degrees off the rum line into Honolulu. When I get closer, I can tack and bring us back to where we want to be. All in all, a day to be savoured and enjoyed to its fullest, moment by moment.

I have been forty four days sailing from Gisborne. The distance sailed over the ground will be almost 5000 nautical miles.

I want to say a very warm thanks to all those who have supported me on my voyage through its many ups and downs over these past weeks. Your words of encouragement and kindness have helped me make it through some very difficult times. I send my heartfelt thanks to all the ham operators who came up everyday and lifted my spirits and brought a human touch to my solitary world. Also, I believe there were Coast Guard people from both New Zealand and the US who kept me on their radar. To them I send my thanks as well. Knowing you were there in case I needed you, was huge for me.

Then, there is Marylou my life partner. She’s the one who brought you the story in all its moods and was, as she always is and has been, there for me, quietly and unassuming, behind the scenes, with love and support, every wave of the way.  I love you Marylou and am writing this with anticipation to be with you again soon. Thanks Marylou.

With love, fond regards and very “73’s” (ham radio talk for Best Regards).
Glenn

Comments

  1. Suzanne Knuth says:

    Did Glenn get to Honolulu? Would love a final update

  2. Hi Glenn. Just curious to know if you arrived. Looking forward to your next leg of your journey. Steve Erickson.

  3. Pat and Fred says:

    Are you there yet? Are you there yet?

  4. Susan Bassett says:

    Wonderful news! Such a relief to be almost there! Can’t wait for pictures!

  5. Brian and Mary Alice says:

    Congratulations and nice job!

  6. Lawrence Pitt says:

    Glenn,

    “A sailor is an artist whose medium is the wind.” – Webb Chiles

    Wishing you all the best as you approach the completion yet another voyage (canvas).

    BRAVO ZULU.

    Lawrence

  7. Barry Mitchell says:

    Hi my friend, not long now buddy. So so glad to hear your nearing your latest adventure. It is always a pleasure to read about your days in travel, even better to chat with you on air. Take care and we do love you to bits mate. Love to Mary Lou from Julie and myself.

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