On the 71st Day of his solo attempt across the Atlantic, Alex Bellini ponders: "With Gibraltar behind me, I also leave behind all the negative days and the challenges I faced with a Straight that could not come soon enough. I have done away with all the big and little cracks that began slowly chipping away at my morale. I still have a strong heart and a hard head. One of them will get me to Brazil." Image live over Contact 3.0, courtesy of Alex.
"This is what I've been reduced to just to keep my feet warm!," wrote Alex in one of his previous dispatches. Image sent live over Contact 3.0 (courtesy of Alex Bellini).
Alex Bellini: "The moldy air (from my foam mattress) that I am breathing is that of success"

Posted: Nov 29, 2005 07:02 pm EST
(TheOceans.net) On the 71st Day of his solo attempt across the Atlantic, Alex Bellini rejoices: "My last night in the Mediterranean!"

He struggles to find the words that can express his emotion. "How do spell a roar? With how many "hs should I write it "? And a shudder? How many "rs"? Like my traverse, I guess these are things that you can only live through or imagine, not describe!"

Goodbye Gibraltar

As he leaves Gibraltar, Alex is struck by emotion, but he leaves with a with a much clearer head and calmer seas than he had on his arrival. Three days ago I was just turning around the corner of Europe, like walking on needles, really.

"I did not know what to expect and the latest news to reach my boat was that the Straight I was approaching would be "difficult and dangerous". As usual, I was bordering on the catastrophic, which did not do wonders for a good night's sleep," Alex writes.

"I figured I would be awake most of the night given the tense conditions, so I tried to steer clear of emotions."

Hello Atlantic Ocean

"With Gibraltar behind be, I also leave behind all the negative days and the challenges I faced with a Straight that could not come soon enough. I have done away with all the big, and little cracks that began slowly chipping away at my morale. I wont ever forget them though," he says. "But I am finally free of them, less baggage, I say."

"I begin my crossing with a newly found spirit. Perhaps I am a bit older (and not as fresh) as when I left; I admit it. But I still have a strong heart and a hard head," Alex declares. "One of them will get me to Brazil."

At sea now for 10 weeks

"The narrowness of my cabin and the moldy air (from my foam mattress) that I am breathing is that of success. But I better stop there, otherwise I may say something Ill regret later," he admits.

"Having been at sea now for 10 weeks, I am still getting used to things I should already be accustomed to. But it looks as if there is something new on the horizon for tomorrow and my mind is overcome with questions."

"But all the answers will be revealed in time and the right moment - and not a second earlier. Before I get ahead myself, I turn off the lights and go to sleep. Only enough time to say goodnight."

Alex Bellini departed Genova, Italy on September 18th, 2005 for his second attempt to row the Atlantic Ocean (E-W). The 27-year old Italian had attempted a similar route in 2004, ending when technical problems and bad weather forced his boat onto the rocks of Formentera Island, off the coast of Spain.




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