Travels with Paddles

a sea kayaking journal

Axel Schoevers (Photo: A. de Krook) Name:
Axel Schoevers
Rijswijk, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Breaking Waves [07-FEB-2017]

Look! Breaking waves ahead where the birds are circling! David calls out
from his vantage point sitting high on the rear deck. Moments later we
recognize the dorsal fins of a group of dolphins. The word Dolphins is
called out frequently and more and more gather on the deck to view the
spectacle of a group of hourglass dolphins riding the bow wave and
following astern. The water is very clear to see the typical stripes on
their bodies.

I was pleased that today I was early for my watch. For the last few day
I 'enjoyed' a 'comatose' sleep whenever I lied down. Very possibly the
side effect of taking the Stugeron motion sickness tablets. Not a moment
I felt any 'queesyness' that I experienced a few times before in the
past. The captain recommends to keep taking the pills every 12 hours,
just in case.

The ocean turns from almost oily flat overnight to a bigger swell making
movement below deck difficult again. I have bumped my head numerous
times now creating a sore spot in one place, and 'bang' again, ouch!

After my shift I helped Justine prepare a potato based oven roast.
Cutting the veggies and cleaning the dishes I realize I am quite lucky
with seasickness this time. I actually enjoy doing this, despite the
repeated head bumps and 'bracing for support'.

Justine reckons another twenty minutes to go in the oven. Another nice
meal breaking the surface.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Ready to Sail

Everything organized in the tiniest of spaces I have to sleep in. Overnight snow on the mountains. Ready to sail.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Touching down at Ushuaia at 12:30. Taxi to the hostel. Settling in. Hiking down to the harbour and seeing the Spirit of Sydney moored at the dock. With 14 degrees it still feels comfortably warm. Having a great dinner out with David, Jay, Donna, Gry and Lonan. Justine to arrive tomorrow and first meeting on board tomorrow afternoon for a beer on the captains' invitation.

OK, through-posting my Blog to Facebook is still working and I am enjoying a record number of comments and likes; Wow! very motivational, thanks! Now trying not to overdo it on posts.


For the first time on my travels I had to pay for excess bagage and still had only space on my body for one cotton T-shirt.

Arriving in Buenos Aires at 4 AM with 25° Celcius. All the other summer clothing I packed and paid for will be more appropriate after I arrive in Ushuaia later today.