Postcards

Bonobo: the Pacific

Published on 01 august 2015 at 0h00

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“The first 36 hours’ sailing from the island of Contadora in the Perlas Islands were in variable winds; the Atlantic crossing was a long time ago, with its stable, continuous trade winds. Nadine was able to observe a couple of whales, hardly 200 meters from the boat; lots of dolphins came to race Bonobo’s bows, and amaze us with their acrobatics. We were happy to be two-up for this big adventure, but it wasn’t exactly restful, a four hour watch at night is long, an additional crew member would have allowed us to sleep for 6 hours and be on watch for just 3. But it is above all the sail-handling maneuvers which pose a problem, the other person has to be woken, and 95% of the physical work falls on the captain’s shoulders! It was ...

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