04 December 2020 - 14:22 • 28150 views

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Some news from Sam Davies (Initiatives-Cœur).

Sam Davies this afternoon, "Last night I finally managed to really sleep since my accident. That is a good thing. The consequences are that I am slowly returning to a normal human being and with that comes a bit more pain: a whiplash neck, more muscle aches to add to the sore ribs! My boat is also in pain - that is easy to see - but she is looking after me and we are slowly but surely getting closer to shelter and safety. The sun came out too which helps to ease the aches and pains - I went and sat outside in the warm sun. And then suddenly found myself in floods of tears - and this is a bit weird for me who never cries to deal with all these emotions. I wasn’t even sure why I was crying - whether it was sadness for my boat and for my place in this race, or relief that my boat and I are safe? Or a mix of all these emotions? I’ve always felt that it’s stupid to cry when you are alone on your boat - nobody’s going to help you or hug you or reassure you so it’s pretty much a waste of time and energy. But at that particular moment I had no control over these emotions. I leant on the coach roof and looked out and there, right there, really close, unusually close, was the most beautiful albatross I have seen, gliding past silently and slowly. He was so close. Normally the albatrosses keep their distance but this was different, as if he could feel my emotion and wanted to help. He stayed close and gave me a wonderful display of effortless flight that was a welcome distraction. They say that albatrosses have the souls of sailors of the past and I can well believe that. I feel like I am being escorted to safety by these amazing creatures and I am grateful for their concern."

Sam Davies / Initiatives-Cœur