I solo my first international crossing, into Mexico.
Sailors who’ve crossed oceans solo have reported—both in books and in personal conversations—the prevalence of auditory hallucinations. In particular, hearing voices.
Finally, after five long years of planning and preparation, the journey begins!
The AirBuddy was great fun… while it worked. Unfortunately, mine died after about half a dozen dives or so. What happened?
36 days crossing the Pacific solo from La Paz, Mexico to Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia—compressed into one second from each day.
I don’t like to post disparaging content, but in this case it may save a fellow cruiser from grief.
I recently learned of the “Swiss cheese model” put forth by James T. Reason. The idea is that there’s a number of steps between events and an undesirable outcome… multiple opportunities or defenses to avoid a poor outcome, in other words.
…practice! We launch a life raft to learn what to expect if we need to abandon ship.
While cruising in Mexico, I have access to forecasts of various weather models through PredictWind and an Iridium GO. I can also obtain NOAA synoptic charts for the region. However, on a couple notable occasions, the forecasts—even when just hours ahead—differed significantly from real conditions.