May 2, 2024

Author: Megan Krussman, A Watch & Colorado College

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Ship's Log

Monday, April 29, 2024

Noon Position (Lat and Long): 19° 52.6’ S x 147° 5.6’ W

Ship Heading (degrees): 030° True

Ship Speed (knots): 7 knots

Taffrail Log (nm): 3591

Weather / Wind / Sail Plan (from 1300 Watch Change): Sailing on a starboard
tack on a close haul under the mains’l, stays’l’s, and jib. Wind south east
by east at a force 5.

Description of location: Inner Islands, French Polynesia

Hi Everyone!

It feels like it has been a year since my last blog post when in reality it
was less than a month ago. During my last post we were still in the first
phase of watch, learning the routine and settling into boat life. Now, we
are a few days into having the junior watch and lab officer roles (so
crazy!!). It is that time where we can all feel our days on the boat
starting to dwindle and each moment is cherished a little more. There are a
few things that I came on the boat knowing I wanted to experience and a few
things I didn’t even know were important but I have realized matter so much.
All of these activities have been put into my “Boat Bucket List” and I am
going to share a few that I have accomplished recently.

Boat Bucket List:

-          Spending time aloft: This is one that I knew I was going to
enjoy. As a child I spend a lot of time up in trees and anyone who knows me
knows I love heights. Because the sea state has been a little crazy, finding
good times to go aloft has been hard. Luckily, a few days ago, Taylor,
Emily, JD, and I were able to find a moment to climb up. The view was so
incredible and we gabbed as the sun began to set and we could see rain
coming down in the distance. It was one of the best sunsets I have
experienced and once we climbed down it continued to get even more
beautiful. It felt like a little gift from nature to have such a beautiful
sunset while aloft.

-          Shooting the stars: This is an item that I didn’t fully
understand until the shore component but the thought of navigating using the
stars was definitely of interest to me. Again, we have had a very cloudy
trip so finding times to get celestial fixes has been few and far between.
The sun sets at the end of afternoon watch and as Taylor mentioned yesterday
we had the opportunity to shoot some stars. Taylor, Emily, Rocky, and I were
on deck with three sextants trading out who was scribe calling out “stand
by” and “mark” to get the exact time of the fix. It was one of the most fun
events I have had on the boat and the cherry on top was that the fix we got
from Pollux, Rigel K, and Sirius was really close to our actual GPS location
and we plotted it on the chart!

-          Seeing whales: This was also a bucket list item that I wanted to
have happen but had very little control over. I was half asleep when I heard
the announcement that there were whales and had to take a moment so that I
didn’t hurt myself climbing down my bunk frantically. As Aronah mentioned I
ended up on deck without shoes, and first without rain gear, but with the
biggest smile on my face as I watched the whales follow us for about an
hour. It is a memory I will cherish forever.

-          Playing violin in the middle of the ocean: Another thing I have
loved about this trip is the amount of music that has been created and
shared. Guitar, singing, ukulele, melodica, and fiddle have all been played.
I grew up playing classical violin and eventually switched to fiddle music
latter in middle/high school. One evening the salon was filled with the
sound of guitar and fiddle as Liam, Meg, and Amy played Angeline the Baker.
This was the first fiddle tune I ever learned by ear and for the first time
in four years I really missed playing. I was inspired to pick it back up
again and see what I remembered. Yesterday I did just that. I climbed onto
the lab top with the boats communal fiddle and was surprised with myself as
muscle memory took over putting the chin rest on, tuning, tightening the bow
strings and applying rosin. The only song that I can remember is Angeline
the Baker so I spent some time practicing it hoping that the wind was strong
enough to keep those around me from hearing as I fumbled through it. I am
trying my best to, as Taylor eloquently said “Get over myself” and just
enjoy the act of creating music at all without being so hard on myself to
make it perfect. I am so excited to try to bring this mentality back to
shore and pick up my fiddle there again.

-          Deck shower: This is a random one but I have always loved outdoor
showers and when I learned the ship had a deck shower I was really excited.
The other day, when the sun finally came out, a whole group of us went up
and goofed around, laughed, and enjoyed each other’s company as we deck
showered together. It was a great moment to put some of our ship
responsibilities towards the back of our brains and just have fun.

Notes to home:

Jenna, I miss you so so much! I am so proud of you and all that you have
accomplished and I hope you have officially accepted grad school offers! I
can’t wait to hear about all fun you have had in this last semester and I
hope you are channeling some Megan work hard but play harder energy. I love
you!

Mom, I made hot cross buns and was thinking so much about Mangie’s and
baking with you when I get back. I can’t wait for a big hug! I miss and love
you!

Dad, being cooped up on the boat has me missing hiking so much! Be thinking
about a hike we should do when I am home! I can’t wait to spend some time in
the woods with you! I love you!

To friends, I miss you all so much and think of you all the time. I can’t
wait to hear about all of your stories so soon and share more of mine.

Sending the biggest hug to all of you!

Lots of love!

Megan

Megan Krussman, A Watch & Colorado College

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