Two weeks of stress and boat motion has left me feeling pretty dire. At 2pm I got a taxi into Oban and booked into the Sutherland Guest House. I write this after spending a much needed night on dry land. Stomach is still feeling less than perfect but I hope to force some breakfast down. Dosed up on Lucozade last night and at least that gave me a little energy.
I can’t begin to imagine the resolve and will that someone who travels long distances in small boats must have. After nearly three weeks on Papillon, two of them in dreadful weather, I needed to be able to walk around.
Well at least I tried and was found wanting. I think I’m happy that I tried but I think that might take a little more time to have elapsed before I can look back with some fond memories. Certainly not an end to my sailing. But sailing from now on will be on nothing less than a 40 footer and with at least 4 people on board and somewhere warm. For most of the last two weeks I’ve motored into 20-35kt winds, temperature around 12 degrees and non-stop rain. Nothing compared to those hardy souls that cross oceans but too much for me.
If you have been then thanks for following the trip.