Hiro’s Journal / ヒロ日記より 04.17.2019, Day 52

4月17日 日本時間午前7時 52日目天気曇り

北緯32度9分 東経145度10分
南東の風14ノット 波2 M
ヘディング338度 船速7ノット







April 17th, 7 a.m., JST, Day 52, Weather: Clear

32.9 N 145.10 E, SE 14kts. wind

Wave hight: 2 meter, Course: 338, Boat speed: 7 kts.

[ My message to Aeolus ]

The winds and waves are calm for now, but a strong low pressure is approaching this way, and it is going to be very stormy, according to the weather forecast. We had enough of the rough seas, but we will give everything we have, to get over this. This is a gift from God for us to make ourselves stronger, or a gift to make our joy at the arrival many times bigger. Please pray for us.

Our current plan is heaving to off the Coast (to park the boat while at the sea) , during the evening of the 19th and arrive in Iwaki Sun Marina in the morning of the 20th.

We came to 600 NM off the Coast near Onahama, a day before yesterday. Speaking of 600 NM, that is about the area, Aeolus has sank, back then.

《 Dear Aeolus 》

We’d left you to sink after our collision with a whale. But still, you stayed strong for us, slowing down the speed of the flooding and giving us as much time as possible before you sank. Thanks to you, we were safely rescued. If only I’d been able to search the damage and fix you somehow, maybe we wouldn’t have had to leave you in the ocean; that is my only regret. Even when we got on the emergency raft, we were supposed to stay near you, stay with you until the end, but since the metal bolt might have had hit us and caused a rupture, reluctantly we decided to cut the rope and disconnect from you. I feel guilty sorry for that. I wanted to stay with you until the very end. But I am alive and feeling so fortunate to be able to re-challenge the voyage. Our three months together in Osaka was a great fun. We shared wonderful memories with lots of smiles by doing maintenance with all the volunteers. I hope you wish us a best from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.

Have a peaceful time under the sea. Thank you, Aeolus.

With appreciation,