Day 10 at sea
The sun set on another day where we had been rowing in huge swell with the wind and frequent soakings chilling our bones!
I called a group social as we have been out in the ocean for over a week and it was a good opportunity to have a check in with everyone and get cosy in the aft cabin! We all looked like ninjas in our all black thermals and manoeuvring around the tiny space was interesting. The unfortunate news is that we need to spend the next 48 hours holed up in cabins as the wind is about to increase and the waves will be pushing our little Doris around like a pink cork bobbing up and down. The swell has been HUGE since we awoke today, the waves smacking Doris from side to side and the cabins hot and sweaty. This is just a taste of things to come! Watching Ems and LP heading out of the fore cabin to attempt a wee over the side was great source of entertainment and both did extremely well narrowly missing a soaking. I don’t think they’ve ever moved so fast in their lives. Ninjas they are indeed!
I feel the need to inform you all about our footwell. It is truly special to see what happens in the small 60cm by 80cm space of the aft cabin (where we come in and out of the cabin).
This is the favourite spot for almost all proceedings. It’s where the bucket lives if weather conditions are too rough to go outside, where the getting in and out of wet weather gear happens, where you sit to monitor the jet boil and to fill the flask of hot water for the expedition foods, and where you can see out of the cabin or fleetingly open the hatch for a breath of fresh air. It’s where our switch overs happen after each 2 hour shift, where 4 of our water canisters live for when we use our water desalinator and where we sit to monitor our batteries, chart plotter and course. I’m not too sure what we would do without our footwell!!!
Alas Albert is no longer with us. However we now have Ernie and Bernie keeping us company x