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Thursday, 21 February 2008
Wind SE 30+ knots, Course NE, Speed 2, Position: 32*46 S, 115*17 E Temp. 75 F

Soanya's View:
Its day 305 and what an adventure-filled 305 days its been. I was never bored out here at sea. There were always more things to do than I had the time or energy to do. The past three months have been especially rough for me as we entered the Southern Ocean and I experienced varying degrees of seasickness. At times the nausea was enough to lay me flat and incapable of doing anything. At other moments I was able to carry out basic functions, but not much more. While I've adjusted to the environment a little more this past month, I am still prone to feeling horrible on and off. I feel two more years of this would not be good for me and so I have decided to leave the boat. At the next nearest shore, I will fly home to NYC.

My leaving was not an easy decision for either of us to make. I am parting from someone I care very deeply about who will face challenges that I have come to know well, challenges that few can even conceive of. In addition, Reid will be facing two years of solitude in the wildest place on earth, something he had not expected to do anytime soon. Together we have made memories we will never forget and records that stand as a dare to anyone who wishes to take them up. Here's to the longest man and woman non-stop sea voyage in history and the longest non-stop time a woman has ever spent at sea, among others.

But it's not over yet. Reid will sail into the next 700 days towards his original goal of 1000 days non-stop, the longest sea voyage in history.

Reid's View:
After a long rough haul and a lot of seasickness, Soanya and I have decided that the best thing for her is to go back to land. I will continue on the Mars Ocean Odyssey since this is my life at sea. I have prepared for this for many years and have always said that I would go on alone if I had to. It's more rough and tough in a lot of ways to stay at sea, more than can be imagined by people who haven't gone on for months on end. It's a common human dream to go on the sea into the unknown and more people would do it if it were easier. Soanya was a good partner with a great positive spirit, but since we have been in the Southern Ocean her bouts of seasickness made it difficult for her to enjoy herself. I felt really sorry for her seeing her so sick and I felt she did the best she could. Through it all, she kept her head on her shoulders and didn't worry me that she might become irrational as I have seen other crew members become. She still had a quiet wisdom and I consulted with her throughout the day every day. She learned the technical things about the computer and electrical system and gave me a crash course so I have a chance of keeping these things going once she leaves. We will both talk more about what we have gone through as time goes on.

Now we head towards Australia for an offshore rendezvous with sailors who will take Soanya off the boat. She will be returning to NYC. I still have the supplies we had packed onboard for our three year odyssey. All the systems are still good and now I face the ocean and the universe alone. Soanya and I are a little sad and very busy preparing for our transition. As usual, we hope people won't worry about us. We have had a great and inspirational adventure that we will continue to share. Now a sunny gale blows and we are trying to determine the best approach. The gale intensifies even as we write..

Reid and Soanya
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