21 Sep Passage to Rarotonga, Cook Islands – Tuesday, 18 September to Friday, 21 September 2001
Rough and rolly. Not nice. Six to ten foot waves on the beam, winds gusting to thirty-five knots. Big waves bang against the side of the boat with a loud “crash”. For sixty-five hours, 540 nm, when we move about the boat we need always to keep a hand free to hang on. At night in bed, we do a lot of “mattress surfing”. In the morning, we wake up with sore toes and shoulders from hanging on to the bed. This passage is difficult, uncomfortable, unpleasant, disagreeable, unlikable, awful, nauseating, distasteful, objectionable, offensive, repugnant, horrid, worrying, terrible, dreadful, appalling, troublesome, yucky, unnerving, horrendous, abysmal, severe, distressing, vile, sickening and not nice; but not really painful, horrible, foul, nasty, vile, revolting or seriously bad. It could be worse.