Dawn Watch

October 20, 2023

Author: Tessa G., B Watch

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dinner on deck

Ship's Log

When I was woken up by Sophie for dawn watch my first thought was, already?Having just fallen asleep after a lot of rolling around my bunk it wasalready time for Bravo Watch to take over the deck. Once Johnny had the conI was sent to helm. The waves were pounding against the bow of the boat andsalt spraying back onto the lookout and I. Steering in the huge waves wasdifficult but eventually I got the hang of it. A boat check and learning howto use the GPS to track other boats was next. The trick to a good dawn watchis to just keep on doing things. Onto the third hour and I was assigned toforward lookout, singing to keep myself awake and alert. Liam paid a specialvisit from lab and we discussed our Pizza Chef orders. Every Dawn watch atabout 0400 a watch comes together on the quarter deck for tea time. Today'stea time was special though. Since there was lightning nearby all of thestudents were sent to the lab. Waiting out the storm over M&Ms and chai wetalked about our upcoming arrival to Bermuda and the first things we want todo when we arrive. Many answers included just being on solid land. Wakeups,a few dishes, stealing the leftover apples and peanut butter from breakfastand one last boat check ended my dawn watch. Immediately I flung myself intomy bed and went back to sleep after a long and salty six hours. Whenever Iam on dawn watch I use the time to reflect on the trip so far. I think aboutthe new friendships I've made and the old ones I've strengthened. I thinkabout my family and how I can't wait to see them when I return back to land.I have come up with many ways to keep my mind awake during the hours ofdarkness. Although dawn watch is not my favorite watch time to be on I tryto make the best of it as much as I can.

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