What is it like for a sailor in the middle of the sea?
Depends on the boat. I’ve done crossings on big white yachts where I watched tons of movies on my off watch and got fat from eating yummy chef-prepared meals, and I’ve also been freezing and starving trying to hold a course for hours because the auto-pilot quit, and I can’t be relieved because everyone else is working on fixing the problem.
You hear only swishing and splashing as you sail along…
There is also a happy medium. A fresh breeze on an open 40+ft sailboat is thrilling when there is nothing but ocean around you. It feels like a special gift just for you. You hear only swishing and splashing as you sail along, sipping some fresh orange juice while you slather on some more sunscreen. It smells like silvery salt and warm teak.
You get excited about blips on the horizon, and you start to talk slower. You jump when a new noise happens, but it’s usually no big deal. Mostly, you check your charts a whole lot and think about where you’re gonna sail next.