As the night came and we sailed onto the Lake, between Timber Island and Prince Edward County, the seas became characteristically lumpy due to the shoal-y nature of the area. Our Monster took it all in stride. Fortunately, our Boy was well asleep and never took any notice or feeling of the sea state. Coincidentally, this was also his first night at sea. The poor Dog however, became rather distraught. The utterly non rhythmic sound of the auto pilot, as well as the rise and fall of the boat, held her on high guard. So many of the sounds and motions of Monster underway were unfamiliar, not only to the Dog, but to us as well, as we continue to get to know our boat. Eventually we shortened sail and motor-sailed, and then, the hum of the engine helped the Dog's tense body relax at my side in our bunk. My subsequent night watch was spent patting and calming the Dog, and keeping our course close to the north shore of the Lake. At this time of year there wasn't much traffic, I only witnessed one freighter.
I felt an incessant giddiness, an infinite pleasure as I guided our boat through the night. This night, this voyage, has been a long time coming, it was truly wonderful! It was easy to harken back on all my past night watches, from my very first aboard the Picton Castle, and the phosphorescence that washed upon the deck as we sailed from Cape Town, South Africa. I reflected upon my first anchor watch aboard the Tocorime Pamatojari as we laid at anchor in Botafogo Bay, Rio de Janerio. I felt the momentous presence of the Christo Redentor as he kept a watchful eye upon our ship no matter where I seemed to stand on deck. These watches, among many others, day and night, for both Gordon and I, all cumulated to this moment in time.
A big Thank You to Paul Wallace for taking this beautiful photo of Monster under full sail as we sailed by Prinyers Cove, Prince Edward County.
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