Reindeer in Reykjavik
Early AM Arrival in Iceland
Reindeer's 1976 Transatlantic Crossing
June 26, 1976
Blog Entry #16
As Reindeer approached mainland Iceland and civilization, I remember feeling awed by actual land ahead, huge mountains looming in the distance and a foreign port on the horizon. I felt exhausted, but I was so energized that I couldn't sleep during my off watch time. And then almost suddenly, I realized around midnight something had changed. Apparently, because I had rarely seen any sunshine during the last ten days, I was totally caught off guard how light it was. It would be fair to say because of the heavy cloud cover, the frequent dense fog, the low cloud cover and the almost constant rain during the voyage from Newfoundland to Iceland, I had lost track of daylight. When I asked another crew member for the time, he said 0100. It's 1:00 AM and it's daylight!
As Reindeer neared Reykjavik harbor, I remember noticing two lovers making-out (passionately embracing and kissing) on the rocks of the long breakwater. With our sails up and no engine running, Reindeer's silent presence startled them as we passed by. We must have been a rare sight - a sail in these waters and harbor. It dawned on me later that the couple had not expected anyone in the early or late light of night to intrude on their intimacy early. Later, I envisioned American teenage lovers secluded on a Friday or Saturday night without the cover of darkness. Where would they go? Can you tell I was single at 26?