Tomorrow evening we will arrive in Barbados. From there I shall return to the real world of work and meetings and conference calls, and Edwin will take my place on the crew to take Vingilótë the rest of the way across the Caribbean to Florida.
That makes this my last night watch on the open sea. The last time that it will be just me, and maybe a bird or some suicidal flying fish, here watching the stars turn overhead and the moon cross the sky, as Vingilótë flies across the dark waves.
It has been an amazing trip. The unbelievable number of stars in the southern sky, so many that there is no dark spot any. The gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. The silly seals outside Cape Town, floating on the backs and basking their bellies. The warm southern summer sun, and the crisp splashes of sea when we bounce off a wave.
New places, new people, new cultures. Stark beauty of St Helena, tropical glow of Fernando de Naronha and Barbados. Everywhere people, so friendly, helpfully, engaging.
I’m not ready for it to end.