Eldey - Almost Iceland
10 miles south of Iceland
Reindeer's 1976 Transatlantic Crossing
Blog Entry #15
Reindeer approaching Eldey - home of largest gannet population in the world. Once was the home of the extinct Great Auk.
I can remember the excitement and relief when we sighted Eldey. No more storms to endure was my first thought. Not sure why I thought (more wishful thinking) that just nearing land would somehow persude the weather gods to give Reindeer some relief, was what a 26-year-old thinking. After 10 days of constantly holding onto anything stable and steady during my waking and sleeping hours riding a rollercoaster, I was ready for some relief.
My second thought was how impressed I was in Newbold's navigation skills especially after 1600 nautical miles, across open ocean four hurricane-strength storms and a 7-hour hove-to Reindeer must have been blown off course many times, but somehow we found our way here. Again, my respect for Newbold grew. Especially since he was navigating before an era of GPS. My third and fourth thoughts were Reykjavik Iceland and a shower and dry bed couldn't be too far away!