Adventure photographer Jen Edney shares her musings from a sea voyage with a South African boat transporter and his crew.
Left to right: Crew members Ricky, Jan, and Jamie
Left: Photographer Jen Edney
“Tonight when we were doing dishes, Jamie, the other female crewmember onboard, named me ‘Chuck Norris’ because two nights in a row I chucked an item overboard. Note to self: Check the bottom of the cleaning bucket no matter how gross the water is!” ―Jen Edney
Left: 46-foot Leopart catamaran
“It’s Saturday, and I have the sunrise watch (my favorite!). I had my cup of coffee and Captain Greg gave me a bowl of ‘Fruity Oos,’ which remind me of when I was a kid and was only allowed sugar cereal on Saturdays. I feel like I’m at home.” ―Jen Edney
Left: Beginning of a new day in the southern Pacific Ocean
“Days at sea are so unpredictable. For some, the sun is shining bright, the wind is working in your favor, and seas are comfortable. Others are messy, and there is hectic weather and no sea life around for miles. When we’re out here, we’re constantly at the mercy of the sea.” ―Jen Edney
“Surprisingly we are a couple days south of the equator, and I’m wearing pants, a sweatshirt, wind jacket, and a beanie. We caught dorado yesterday, so more meat for the freezer! Fish curry is on the menu tonight.” ―Jen Edney
Left: Greg cleaning and preparing to fillet the fish
“We’re bypassing a stop, so we have another two weeks at sea before reprovisioning. Hardly any fresh food left besides a few eggs, potatoes, and onions, so we are trying to be creative with the ingredients we have. Today, [crew members] Jan and Ricky made sandwiches with pickles, cucumbers, and gobs of mayo.” ―Jen Edney
Left: Jan and Ricky prepare the crew’s staple sandwich.
“Today is laundry day. We wash clothes by scrubbing them in a bucket, dragging them behind the boat to rinse, and then hanging them up to dry before rinsing with fresh water. It’s going to take even longer today because everyone needs to wash bedding, especially Jan, who left his hatch open last night. A huge wave crashed in and soaked everything in his cabin!” ―Jen Edney
Left: Greg fulfilling laundry duty.
“I was deep in sleep when I was abruptly woken up by Jamie saying, “It’s time! We have fish. Grab your camera!” I tried my best to orient myself and get ready to go shoot. I captured this gorgeous dorado (known as mahi mahi in the States) just as it jumped out of the water.” ―Jen Edney
“Just pulled out of port in Fiji. I picked up cinnamon and big, juicy apples, so I’m making French toast rolled in oats. Dinner is going to be interesting because the only meat we were able to find was whole chickens and lamb sausage!” ―Jen Edney
Left: Greg preps for dinner.
“I now live in two separate worlds―land and sea―and can’t imagine life without both. I love being at home with family and friends and the comforts of land, but when there, I find myself itching to be back out on the water.” ―Jen Edney