First off, as of now (14:00 hours) we are in Lat/Long 24 degrees, 0 minutes, N. & 131 degrees, 36 minutes W. Wind is out of due N., @16 knots. COG: (Course over ground) 255. SOG: (Speed over ground) 6.2 Knots. Wave heights 5 - 7'
The boat is behaving extremely well. The Ohlson 38 has a distinguished record as a fine sea-boat, built for the open ocean in excess of Lloyd's 100-1A standards by Tyler's of Great Britain, a renowned yard.
Me ? I'm trying to behave as best I can, but I underestimated (was overly optimistic?) the more or less constant effort needed to run a boat single-handed in the open ocean. Slow is smooth, smooth is steady, ans steady is good... I have had to, of necessity, internalize JB's Seal reminder time and time again - because there are many times at sea, and not just up on deck, where your foot and hand-holds ("always Lad, one hand for the ship") are the difference between serious injury or going overboard.
And when I'm trying to get around on one leg ? Even holding on with two hands, I have been thrown forward and backwards.
There is the crazy contradiction of being fatigued and frustrated with my limitations...yet in the same moment just soaring with the Holy Spirit, simply BEING at one with God's creation...go figure !
But everything is coming together, I've shaken the rust off, accepted the speed at which I can or cannot get something done, and am relentlessly exposed to the overwhelming presence of my creator.