Sun 31/03-2013 Day 439

 

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She can (still) do it! 🙂

 

Pos: here
Loc: Punta Caribana
Acc: Navy supply ship “Cartagena de Indias”
Dist: 52,8 km
Start: 7:05 End: 16:35

Happy Easter! My “holidays” are over – back on the water after waiting for the weather to calm down. For what means “calm” here…at least the wind was lowish until afternoon, then 15 knots – but believe it or not – it turned from north to almost west, means *pushing*! The dreaded headwind paddling doesn’t happen – yet. Although the seas were calmed down from yesterday a bit, it was still quite big stuff out there. But the whitecaps were at least missing until late afternoon.When the wind breezed up, the north east swell was almost overlaid by the north west wind waves, and it sometimes created together quite interesting wave combinations. Not really for beginners…

Especially this mixed confused high crab was nothing for beginners, as I paddled completely empty today! Sure it was also easier, but it required so much more concentration balancing. If you don’t have that or are not very much used to your boat, you may start soon feeling uncomfortable after a few hours. Fortunately I have quite good concentration, was well rested and knew my boat! Still, during any break, I rather left my paddle across the cockpit instead of parking it under the bow bungees as usual.

The unloading of my kayak went well this morning, as in the morning the sea was still lowish. But getting back into the coast guard boat tonight when I reached the cape was a bit tricky. I could have paddled still a bit further, but east of the cape the waves were still breaking heavily, and I thought I’d have been landing now somewhere here also, so I can call it a day just at the cape point. Plus I didn’t really see the big mother ship, and was actually wondering how far we’d have to drive with the small coast guard boat to reach it!

Once I was luckily and safe on the coastguard boat with my kayak, the guys started to call the ship – this will be a long drive… well, actually about 40 min, and we reached it. The drive was horrible in the growing seas, as we had to go reasonably slow to to stop the kayak  jumping up and down. But it seems I already got now quite used to be at sea only, and amazingly I survived so far without getting sea sick.

The lift of my kayak up the mother ship was a bit rough today, and I was worried about cracks or big scratches on my fragile composite kayak when I saw it banging against the ship wall and against some protruding corners. But it seemed to have taken it well, and I was relieved.

I need to rush now, as writing this seated I am getting sea sick now!!!!

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Randall Lackey

Happy Easter though I know its late. It sounds like you had a pleasant day, other than scared for your boat swinging up the side of the big ship. I don’t blame you there.Hope all is well with your baby,the boat.Mine is named Pearl Anne,after my mother and wifes middle name.Not many around here name there boat, I think ,somehow,I got the inspiration from you.Yes,you have been a big inspiation in much of my recent paddling outtings. Safe Paddling.

Hi Freya, I fly from Belgium to Colombia this Thursday 4 April. Hope to be around Carthagena during the Weekend. Can we meet? I can take photos+HD video of you + of course discuss seakayaking.(I plan lake TITICACA in July). How to contact you? SatPhone number? I send you facebook+personal email. Anyone directly in touch with Freya to help us to perhaps meet? please do. Thanks. my email in my name.

Mark Harrison

Stugeron works really well for sea sickness. Cured me years ago and I have lived on a boat for over 20 years + partial circumnaviagtion( France to Thailand via Panama.) No idea if you can get it in Columbia, but strongly recommend you try it. Ongoing seasickness is a misery and debilitating but cures that work do exist XXX

Frances Price

Happy Easter to you, Freya! Glad to read that the day’s paddling was successful, your kayak was undamaged in the trip up the side of the ship, and you are managing your seasickness well.

Stay safe, and happy paddling! Oh, and watch out for April Fool’s jokes tomorrow!

Karen

Happy Easter Freya, Peter and your bloggers. May we all be aware of the awakening mind. My question to you Freya is: when you are concentrating on paddling in those wind and wave conditions what is the quality of your mind? No need to answer, it is something to ponder. You have such great will power, determination and concentration all virtues needed for awakening. Smile.

eureka

I’m feeling nauseous just reading about you being sea sick. Hope the waves and wind subside.

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