It has been a frustrating day of little or no wind. At one stage, I did complete 360s, following the breeze around. Indeed sometimes it's harder to sail in light airs than a storm. My poor big toe also got a wallop - walking around in bare feet - and not much else - in the heat. Clearly having a sore toe is not an issue, no sympathy required and must rank as a 1st World problem?
I would like to be closer to the fleet and feel a bit left behind. Sure there have been some on board issues, but not enough to explain the gap - and being very realistic about the boat, its age and my simple ambition to get safely around.
Here Albert Einstein is my mentor and a man I admire - so much so that I have not followed his rules.
Einstein defined a 'criteria' for madness as repeating the same thing again and again - and then expecting something different. By these criteria over the past week I qualify. It must be my West of Ireland sense of the contrary. Namely if black is white - if for no other reason just to be different - to set out to prove that white is relly black!!
All the advisers and conventional wisdom said get west for better wind conditions - yet each time I went east - and am now at least a day behind where we should be!! To boot, for reading I actually have an Einstein book, brought on board for the voyage where this 'madness' is highlighted - a personality trait that often lands us in trouble.
We live, but do we learn?