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Sunday, February 07, 2010

A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us. John Steinbeck

Drama at sea

For all those who have been tracking our progress, you may have realised that we have diverted our course towards the Falkland Islands. Unfortunately our progress was slowed down by a storm which lingered in our vicinity over the previous 4 days.  We experienced winds of up to 60 knots, blowing from the N, NW and it kicked up quite a furious sea.
I was always relieved during the many Drake Passage crossings I have done while working on the big ships not being one who suffers from sea-sickness.  I've surely made up for it on this crossing as we spent most nights being tossed and rocked as the heavy seas dominated around us. We had to hove-to at times as well as lay-a -hull to wait for the seas to calm and allow us to continue our progress.  And then an incident occurred which has caused a big change to our plans.

Unfortunately a serious medical incident occurred onboard causing the need for us to immediately divert our course towards the Falkland Islands, the closest place for advanced medical treatment. Unfortunately, now desperately needing to make some head-way, the storm continued brewing around us and we had to hove-to throughout the night.  Finally, with slightly easing wind and steadying sea we were able to continue on our way, heading towards Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands.

We arrived in Port Stanley yesterday and shortly after Greg was in surgery having work done on his right hand. We have waited until now to write this update on the blog due to wanting Gregs family to hear from him directly to cause less worry. Please accept the vagueness in the actual incident just know that he still will be able to play the Cello and climb - his two of many passions in life.

Although he is doing well, he will not be able to continue with us to South Georgia and being one of the key crew members (Captain and Owner) it is uncertain the Northanger will be able to continue as support vessel for my expedition.
I have a Plan B and a Plan C in mind but will approach those in more detail when a few ducks have been pushed back in the row.

The well-being of Greg, his partner Keri and all those onboard is my first concern and the most important situation at present.  I do however believe that above all the trauma and unexpected drama we have all recently experienced, good will eventually come of it.
Stand by for further updates.
PS, it feels absolutely divine being on land once again.


Anonymous said...

Oh man! I guess you have to expect the unexpected in the big wide ocean. I hope Greg is recovering well and everyone is in good spirits. All the best for putting Plan B & C into action. Lots of love Naomi xx

Kerry said...

Remember that Plan B is usually better than Plan A. Get well soon Greg. Hang in Hayley. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
XOXO Kerry

Anonymous said...

Hi Hayley, I sometimes debate sharing your blogs with my 2 daughters because half of me wants to say "Look at what this couragous and strong lady is doing! You too can do anything that you really dream of doing!"; while the other half of me wants to say "Don't you dare ever try anything like this! It's not safe! You'd worry me to death!" I try to keep this second voice a little quieter than the first. Take care and know that we are cheering for you. from Heather and girls, Port Hardy

steve said...

Hi Hayley, Hope greg, and everyone ends up ok. An expedition or any challenge of this nature is only a success if you come back in one piece. What your doing is amazing. There's lots of people following you, and we all want you to be safe.
All the luck in the world hayley, for you and the crew.
Steve x

Anonymous said...

Hi!! Force !! from Ushuaia Argentina. We are following the experience day to day. Kisses Fernanda and Ana (alice´s friends)(excuse me my english isn´t good). YOU CAN DO IT!!

Anonymous said...

Hey Hayley, Greg, Keri and Beth Ann - Bummer! Glad you are safe and sound - that must've been quite a blow to beat up Gregor the Invincible and Make hayley throw up!! Looking forward to Plan B, less is more and two minutes in heaven is better than one minute. Keep smilin'
Graham C

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