As the storm picks up, we learn that the weather conditions are too rough for a battleship to leave the port of SF; the departure of the U.S.S Iowa is delayed because of the very conditions that Joe is swimming in right now. Unbelievable.
(Article by: Steve Munatones, The Daily News of Open Water Swimming)
And I simply love that. I love that we’re out here together in the open ocean as he pushes the boundary of that which is seemingly crazy and impossible. Joe and I share a love for adventure on the high seas, and it’s pretty special indeed to watch as he plows through the waves.
I love that Joe has the support of his incredible crew; a bunch of like-minded individuals who also share this unique passion and are willing to freeze their arses off and endure seasickness to assist him with his goal of swimming solo to the Farallon Islands. It’s amazing. And, even as Joe makes the difficult but necessary decision to abort his swim after 6 hours 26 minutes, we know he’ll be back, and we’ll be right there with him, because, in the words of Jack London, "the function of man is to live, not to exist."
"I would rather be ashes than dust!
I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
The function of man is to live, not to exist.
I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time."