Lesson learned (or perhaps just reinforced): I am meant to play IN the ocean, not be ON the ocean. I spent 2 days and 1 night aboard the Siska, a sailing yacht that was once the fastest in the world, has circumnavigated the globe twice, and is now “retired” and escorts tourists around the incomparably beautiful Whitsundays Islands. I was fine as long as I was above-deck (apart from a hellish two-hour slog where I huddled and shivered in the wind in my wave-soaked clothes, desperately trying to do a little pranayama breathing and/or channel the memory of the hot room). Below-deck, however, I immediately become nauseous and seasick…. so I stayed up top as much as possible. If we were anchored or just cruising, that was fine. When actually sailing, it meant all of us looked like this:
Dramatically tilted on one side with no support for long periods of time. I felt rather trapped, not being able to walk around or be alone. I also had my elbow knocked badly by the mainsheet (read: hunk of metal about the size of a cantaloupe with a lot of momentum from the sail) at one point when the crew was tacking and it swung around just as I happened to bring my arm out. As a result, I bruised the bone and couldn’t really straighten my arm for a few days and even felt it practicing (Locust: even less fun than usual).
Nevertheless, I am glad for the experience! It’s something I probably never would have done except that, like Fraser Island, it was included in my tour package. I got to go snorkelling twice, we saw tons of turtles in the morning, but most importantly we got to play on Whitehaven beach–one of the top beaches in the world, but accessible only by water. It’s made of white sand of 98% silica, so fine that it doesn’t heat up from the sun. I could describe it, but pictures do better justice to its beauty:
Although I wished I could have stayed all day, we had just a few hours to play around and wander (the highlight of this excursion, for me). Naturally (because it’s me), yoga posture pictures were taken.
Next Up: Reuniting with friends in Townsville