Yesterday was an experience I cant forget. It was beyond anything I had experienced before and I was at the edge of my ability to cope with it - the waves seemed huge though by no means were they mountainous - maybe 20 feet high on occasion and often remarkably steep with foam at their crests, There was foam everywhere, even the tiniest ripples in the wake were having their r tops stripped off by the wind, and there was so much noise - from waves , wind, rigging and sails. I was immobilized by the sight of the sea in this state, no longer an ocean but a landscape of steep valleys, hollows and hillocks all seething and leaping and crashing about the boat. Remarkably, as I sat there doing nothing, the boat rode its way across the valleys and troughs, rising falling and bucking about but never once doing anything other than maintaining a resolute path across streaky cacophonous seascape. I had decided if things got worse I would heave to, and rest but managing to raise the storm jib and tack across the wind in those seas seemed like an impossible task - my theory and academic knowledge seemed pointless. Thankfully my theory was not put to the test as finally , after watching every wave and every movement of the wind gauge for hours it seemed looking for a sign of abatement, it finally happened after a couple of false dawns. I was finally able to go below to rest having hardly eaten a thing all day - but such was he state of my nerves by then sleep seemed impossible..
To so many kind people who have emailed in the last couple of days, I apologize but right now individual replies will have to wait till things settle down a bit. Please do keep writing if you have time..
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