Avventura - Bermuda - Azores : Day 15
38:11.522N 30:34.195W alle 23:00 (23:00 UTC) del 30 maggio 2023.
The feeling of near arrival is impossible to ignore now. The news emerged that we have a shot at arriving tomorrow night. Even if it takes a bit longer, we are now expecting an island on the horizon, and this invisible presence makes it impossible to look in another direction.
Today the sea is formed, the wind is strong and Avventura cuts through the waves. At the helm, I try my best to steer as far east as the elements allow. I feel the wind and some sea droplets on my face. I feel the excitement of arriving and I feel alive.
We changed the official time on board for the third and last time, to UTC-0. A quick adjustment on our clocks and this arbitrary decision took effect, putting us in line with Azores time. With the westernmost islands (Flores & Corvos) already north of us, this feels adequate.
And yet no land is in sight, and some big waves slam on the boat, shaking it entirely. Violent reminders that we are still in the middle of the sea. Any movement inside the boat is precarious as everything is tilted and shaken. These last miles have to be sailed closed haul again, and demand all of our energy. When out of watch duty, we attempt to get some rest. If sleep is hard to obtain, some good alternatives are reading or meditation while watching the waves.