A Warm Welcome to Wellington!

March 4, 2024

Author: Katie Culp, B Watch, College of the Atlantic

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Ship's Log

March 1st, 2024Position: Docked in Wellington Harbour, ANZ (41° 17.091’S x 174° 46.816’E)Ship’s heading and speed: Not movingWeather: A mostly sunny day, with light and variable winds and calm seas in Wellington Harbour.

Kia ora friends,This morning we docked in Wellington, the capitol city of Aotearoa NewZealand! It’s truly an amazing experience to see a place for the first timefrom the water. I was on lookout as we arrived in Wellington, and as I gazedin wonder at the green mountains growing increasingly closer I could see inthe distance many windows reflecting the sun––then I knew we were almostthere! We’ll spend the next few days exploring the city, visiting museums,and calling our families and friends for the first time since we’ve beenunderway.Stepping off the ship after being aboard for two weeks straight felt sowild! We’ve been on a rotating watch schedule since getting underway andhave all been adjusting to the rhythms of living on the ship and workingtogether as crew (which often means getting woken up at 0100 for watch!).I’ve found the night watches (1900 to 0100) and dawn watches (0100 to 0700)especially beautiful. There are moments on deck when the moon shines sobright that the waves take on an other-worldly glow, and the night skyexplodes with stars so numerous and brilliant such as I’ve almost never seenthem before. On these nights you can still see everything so clearly, almostlike it’s the middle of the day. I often feel so grateful to experience sucha stunning time of night.Being on lookout is my absolute favorite part of being on watch. Standing atthe bow of the boat to alert the crew about nearby ships, obstacles, andmarine life is the greatest opportunity to enjoy the scenery around us andbe incredibly present while tuned into our surroundings. The bow of the boatoften rises into the air when it hits the crest of a wave, and you feel likeyou’re flying. In these moments standing at the bow I think about mynine-year-old self, who always dreamed about going on an adventure likethis, and it re-reminds me to have gratitude for every moment of thisexperience.Soon we will be leaving the dock and venturing offshore once again. I’m surewe will all be itching to get underway again. There’s nothing like it in theworld.’Til later!Katie CulpB WatchCollege of the Atlantic, ’24P.S.: A special hello to my mom, dad, and remarkable twin brother Joe. Ican’t help but smile when I think about you. I love you all so much and Ican’t wait until we’re together again.

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  1. Steven Culp March 7, 2024 at 16:51 - Reply

    We love you too! Can’t wait to see you at graduation. Sounds like you’re having an incredible time! We’re so thrilled for you.
    ❤️❤️❤️😎 Dad

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