Friday, 13 September
We are sailing now, no motor! Nearing the end of Yarmouth. It is somewhat warmer here, wind from the west as we pass along the shore. The swells have evened out.
I went to bed about 8:30, before Kent finished his watch about 9: 20. We slept until 3, despite bouncing head to toe and side to side. During the 3-6 watch, we saw lights of ships in the darkness and some lights along the shore. I stayed up until about 4:30, with still no sign of dawn. I was trying to remember the words of "Let the Lower Be Burning" and hearing Johnny Cash's voice. This was a favorite of mine from childhood. "Some poor shipwrecked, drowning sailor, you may rescue, you may save." I'll try to keep my lower lights burning. Occasionally waves broke over the bow, white clouds of ghostly spray whipping toward us in the darkness, then gone in an instant.
I played Scrabble against the machine on my iPad, not doing very well, and when Kent came down to the aft cabin at six, to my surprise I fell asleep again, not waking until almost 9, dreaming deeply of clinging to red cliffs in a Grand Canyon that went up, not down, and of an amazing folding tent made of one long stretch of fabulous material that could be folded and turned to stand up by itself and make many configurations. I had rescued a hummingbird, and was looking for a safe place for it to try to fly.
6 pm. We have docked in Harwich. Seas calm, but intermittent rain. We had wonderful, smooth sailing for much of the day, making very good progress, averaging six knots, sometimes going as much as ten. We have covered 200 nautical miles since Runswick Bay. Lew says he had sailed for 45 years before he made a passage that long. I cooked multi bean casserole for lunch. Then I got a knot in my stomach that felt like it wasn't going to go away, except coming up. But I lay down for awhile, and it did go away. Thankful! It is so warm we don't need more than a couple of layers of clothing. I'm wearing my Mexican dress over long-sleeved t-shirt and hiking pants with pink hiking socks and and black Ecco hiking sandals.
8:30 p.m. Showers tonight! A short walk along the pontoon in the rain. Unisex bathrooms, so Kent and I could share. After a lovely supper, including a delicious salad with homemade dressing, all made by Ann, who is a fabulous cook, and some red wine, we are turning in early after our 1 night and 2 days of sailing following our wild night in Runswick Bay.
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