Saturday, 10 August 2013

Navigato ... the onward journey, the onward search - by Ant Bennett

What an achievement!  How did he do it?  How did he have the patience and calmness to persuade this elderly
lady Bonita on such a passage and to bring her to Cowes looking so resplendent?  
Congratulations
Photo Nic Compton

How did he also put up with all the different crews and our individual ways and keep it so much fun?  
Even more congratulations!

How has it affected Mike? 

I don't know, but I have been reading Navigations by the Irish philosopher Richard Kearney; on the subject of journeys he writes:

"in antiquity, Irish scholars were known for their practice of "navigato"...
  ...a journey undertaken by boat - a circular itinerary of exodus and return.
The aim was to undergo an apprenticeship to signs of strangeness with a view to becoming more attentive to the meanings of one's own time and place...
  ...geographical, spiritual, intellectual."

Thanks for my time with you.