This is an authorized translation in English of a post in French by @marc-allaria: RECIT - Stop#8 - LA LONGUE GALERE - Episode 2...!
As my primary language is not English, there are probably some mistakes in my translation.
Remember that the person who speaks here is NOT me, Vincent Celier (@vcelier), but Marc Allaria (@marc-allaria), a French guy.
The long mishap - Part 2
Navigate to dive. Diving to explore. The idea is simple. Its implementation is much less but makes me live in a mixture of nature, meetings, and solitude, which day after day, build me the best trip of my life. Yesterday all was well, I left Selayar, an Indonesian island somewhat forgotten in the south of Sulawesi, and headed for the Sabalana Islands in the Flores Sea. I leave behind great dives, endearing people and carries many underwater shots that I already prepare for my future releases. The wind was steady, the sea slightly crossed, the routine installed, and then ... CRACK ...! a noise that had no place on my sailboat brought me out of my dreams.
In one second, everything collapses. No more dives, endless repairs in the future, made difficult by the isolation of the region, cost, a trip that may be ending here ... The dark thoughts are uncontrollably chained in my head. But I have to act quickly and think first about my safety. The mast can break. He would then pull everything from the deck and threaten to come up against the hull and create a waterway ... I put down the sails and put up a makeshift guying using my mainsail halyards. If this DIY job does not straighten the mast, it has the merit of preventing it from twisting more. This seems to hold, at least until my nearest anchorage, about fifteen miles away.
The night is going at this infernal rhythm. I fall asleep from time to time, I have many nightmares, and wake up with a start by going to check if this story of crooked mast is not a bad dream. But no, all this is real. In the early morning the sea softens slowly, Labuan Bajo is in sight, the mast has resisted, I drop anchor, sit down, and look again at the mast that will now have to be repaired ...
01: DISCOVER THE PHILIPPINES: Funny situations ...! at sea..., by @marc-allaria
02: DISCOVER THE PHILIPPINES: The fishing file ...!, by @marc-allaria
03: DISCOVER THE PHILIPPINES: The Cagayan Islands, by @marc-allaria
04: DISCOVER THE PHILIPPINES: Seaweed...!, by @marc-allaria
05: DISCOVER THE PHILIPPINES: The Bacuit Archipelago, by @marc-allaria
06: BORNEO: Kudat and the technical stop, by @marc-allaria
07: BORNEO: Kinabatangan River, by @marc-allaria
08: BORNEO: Maratua, part 1, by @marc-allaria
09: BORNEO: Big Fish School, by @marc-allaria
10: BORNEO: Diving in Maratua ...!, by @marc-allaria
11: BORNEO: The jellyfish lake ...!, by @marc-allaria
12: SULAWESI: Sewia...!, by @marc-allaria
13: SULAWESI: Story of a dive at Pasoso Island...!, by @marc-allaria
14: SULAWESI: Tanjun Kai...!, by @marc-allaria
15: SULAWESI: Kopoposang...!, by @marc-allaria
16: SULAWESI: PA-RA-SI-TE...!, by @marc-allaria
17: SULAWESI: BIRA...!, by @marc-allariaThe long mishap - Part 1
18: SULAWESI: Diving under my house ...!
19: SULAWESI: Stright ahead ...!, by @marc-allaria
20: The long mishap - Part 1, by @marc-allaria