Well, we’ve come a long way. We are past the halfway point of this last part of the last leg, having passed the most notable landmark, Cape Hatteras! With a bit less than 300 miles to go, we still have some weak weather fronts approaching and some light air to manage, but all in all, we’re gaining on it.
Both of the last couple of days have handed me rather exciting weather systems. Each day delivered a strong thunder and lightning storm mid-morning – and I mean strong. Terrific rain, though not so much wind, only to about 35 knots but tons of thunder and lightning! It’s incredible and beautiful to watch, at the same time, it clearly humbles you in the face of Mother Nature’s potential for fury! Storms as powerful or more powerful than these have shook the earth and earth’s oceans for eons… in the course of constantly reshaping mountains, streams and landscapes.
We’ve had a great run here with the help of the Gulf Stream. While I am constantly under sailed because of the threat of storms, the Gulf Stream, which runs along the coast, adds a couple of knots of speed to my average all of which helps me look swift if nothing else. I could fly larger sails, but considering the density of storms in the area, I see no need to test my luck any further.
As the final miles roll on, it won’t be long before I make my approach to Narragansett Bay. Before that happens, I need to send out a thank you to all those that have worked hard to make this incredible event and journey happen for me.
From the friends at various locations where I stopped and harbored, to guys like Tim Eades who helped me prepare Bodacious Dream. There was the steady encouragement from friends like Alan Veenstra and Lynn Duttlinger and the ever-present support of my sister Nancy, my Mom and my whole family.
Of course, the voyage would have been far less rich and well-researched had it not been for the insight and efforts of Tegan Mortimer, our ocean scientist colleague who contributed her many wonderful Science Notes.
Seldom mentioned but always behind the scenes with editing, media and website work, bringing you all my stories is Mark Petrakis at Firm Solutions in California. And there are a few of Mark’s friends that have pitched in as well to do some of the magic on the web site.
No doubt there are many I am forgetting to mention here, but for sure, the Bodacious Racing family and its creative leadership are without a doubt, the most gracious sponsors once could ever hope to have. I will be forever indebted to them for these wonderful memories. Thank you one and all!
So, leaving my computer below decks, I’m venturing back on deck now to sail some and watch the end of the day pass.
This is a special time of day for me… something more than another sunset photo op. Rather it is a chance to gaze into the skies in search of some telltale indicators of the weather for the night ahead. It also provides me another opportunity to see and appreciate just where in this world I am and to think kindly of the many people who have helped to bring me here.
Soon enough, the journey will be over, but the memories will continue. Stay tuned!
– Dave, Bodacious Dream and (the equally grateful) Franklin