Our second day of the passage was another good run – 140 nautical miles, thanks to favorable current. Last night was better than the first as the sea state was more kindly and Windy (our windvane) was able to steer through the night, plus our bodies are adjusting to the different rhythms of being at sea.
I’ve been thinking about ocean crossings and their multiple meanings. Last night, as we finished dinner in the cockpit at sunset (another great meal by Devon – spaghetti with marinara sauce, organic homemade sausage from La Paz, steamed fresh zucchini) we discussed some of the meanings of ocean crossings, including what crossing the ocean meant for early colonists in N. America, enslaved people from W. Africa, and 18 – 19th century framings of ocean crossings in Hinduism (which were negative – it was called kala pani, or black water by non-seafaring folks). This morning as we enjoyed a delicious pancake breakfast down below (with Windy steering above and Anson (who was on watch) checking course heading every few minutes), we talked of the more personal meanings of crossings as moving across thresholds, from one personal world to another, from one life stage to another, through transitions and passage making. I wondered what personal crossings this ocean crossing might mean for each of us and for us all as a family, and I suggested we all reflect on what they might be. For me, this crossing represents a coming to fruition of something I’ve hoped to do again since I first came this way 35 years ago – though I never thought I’d be so fortunate to share this journey with such a wonderful family. It also represents a particular stage of our family’s life history, with Anson set to go to college in South Hampton when we return and Devon starting High School. There are many other crossings, personal and familial, linked with this passage – some apparent now and some no doubt to emerge as we progress on this voyage.
Meanwhile, we making good way with the asymmetrical spinnaker flying nicely in the relatively light northwesterly we currently have. Devon and I plan to work on the second ratline today, which will entail making two eye splices in a short length of 5/8 inch nylon line and seizing it to the shrouds. Our first ratline is already up and looks pretty good!
What a joy and a privilege it is to be here!
Mark (at 19 deg. 55 minutes N and 113 deg 59 minutes W)