After ten days in San Andres, it was time to make the next little hop on my clockwise tour of the Caribbean. If five days at sea and 400 nautical miles can be called a “little hop”. It’s all relative (so they say).
At this point in my wanderings, days at sea are just part of the general sailing routine. Not that I don’t enjoy routine, in fact I’m rather fond of it.
There is comfort in the predictability of routine.
Plus it’s easy to describe.
To the point that I need not even go into detail but merely state that the latest passage to Honduras was a “routine run”.
Most sailors I know will agree that any extended solo passage that might be loosely termed “routine”, will be made up of several obligatory elements including at least one;
- Cetacean visitation,
- Avian visitation,
- Rare celestial observation,
- Close encounter with a commercial craft, (of the cargo kind)
- Fisherman’s tall tale of “the one that did (or didn’t) get away” to recount to landlubbers,
- Sundry gear failure with ad-hock work-around (later described as ingenious repair), due to general “wear and tear” on the boat. Also the cause of the aforementioned tantrum.
And that’s it!
For better or for worse, I’ve missed out on all the social drama of crewed passages.