Day 12 (Atlantic Voyage)
‘Digger’s Ramblings’: Written by Brook Driver and David West
After twelve days of being ordered to pull in and let go of lines (ropes), I’ve almost reached my destination – Antigua! Though Mark, another Antigua bound passenger, has informed me that I will only have a measly four days ashore before I have to return home to England. To be honest I have found this disheartening. I’ve tried to refrain from showing my emotions to the crew, as they’ve worked there little wet socks off for the last couple of weeks and I hate to be the person to point this out as it may become awkward, but flying would have definitely been the quicker option.
Looking back now I do realise how fortunate I have been. To look through those round, porthole windows from the cabin, staring out into the dark abiss, all my worries washing away with the hum of the engine. It’s a feeling like no other. Then the air hostess handing me a pack of complementary snacks and a fun sized drink of my choice. I’m talking Virgin Atlantic – they really know what traveling in style is.
I’ve been lucky enough to do some great journeys in my life. London Gatwick > Lisbon (2.5 hours), Stansted > Glasgow (1.45 hours), Doncaster Robin Hood > Addis Abbaba (9.5 hours). Cracking journeys all. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that planes really have been a total game changer in terms of international travel and I, for one, love them.
I frankly can’t bring myself to say it to the crew’s face but I really don’t see a future in sailing. I mean it’s taken us two weeks to do a journey that a fresh Airbus 407 would do in less time than it takes our crew to even hoist the main sail. My suspicion though is that they already know and are resigned to it. I imagine that Merelita remembers a time that this big old ocean was full of these kind of boats but I haven’t even seen one in days.
I know where there passengers have gone, and as I lay here gazing up at the stars, I can imagine them all up there in the night sky, chuckling at the fantastic in-flight entertainment and then looking down at the vast empty ocean, wondering if their hotel will let them check in early.
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