Sweating and swearing, my head bashed into the bathroom mirror, as I attempted to pull up my pants in total darkness.
Ah, the joys of passage-making.
Passages are the price we pay for the privilege of doing what we do. Our trip from Providenciales, Turks and Caicos to Mayaguez, Puerto Rico marked our fifth time out for more than 24 hours in one shot. We made it in 86 hours, setting a new record as our longest bout at sea.
Thankfully, the passage was pretty uneventful. Sure, there were some big waves, lots of motor-sailing straight into the wind (unavoidable on this particular route), and the fun challenges (like peeing!) that come with living life inside a stagnant, tilted, bobbing cork that never stops moving.
At the lowest points, we lost our lunch a few times (me, Nico), tangoed with an enormous tanker ship in the dead of night (minor heart attack), struggled with mind-numbing boredom, and experienced the hallucinatory effects of sleep deprivation. Balance that with some pretty incredible sunsets and sunrises, cracking jokes with our buds Bo and Allison on the radio at 3AM, 12 unforgettable hours of full-on sailing (no motor!), having the excuse to eat cold pizza for breakfast four days in a row, and arriving in Puerto Rico just before dawn – all in all we’re feeling great about the experience.
And man. We are LOVING Puerto Rico. I can’t wait to tell you more about all the fun we’re having, once I catch up on my sleep.
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