Sailing Into Yesterday

February 22, 2024

Author: Chelsea Moody, B Watch, Bowdoin College ’25


Katie, Tiegan, and Neel keep Nicholas company while he’s at lookout

Ship's Log

February 21, 2024Position: 38° 54.312’S & 179°28.060’WHeading: 100° trueSpeed: 7.7 KnotsDistance: 567Weather: Today we’re riding 5-6 foot waves, with southeasterly winds at aBeaufort 4. Cumulus and altocumulus clouds are blanketing about half thesky.

A hearty hello from sea! We’re the furthest offshore we’ve been all trip –about 100 nautical miles from land. Today was a busy day. I started off mymorning watch with my stomach full of gingerbread pancakes, ready for myfirst full day of wearing long pants while aboard. B Watch’s victory in thepin rail chase yesterday served us well: we raised the jibtops’l and thefisherman stays’l with confidence! To be honest, I’m still riding the highof winning yesterday – and riding the high of getting to climb on the headrig. The waves were giving us a bit of a roll around in the early morning,which made for a bouncy, but fun ride for me as a lookout. By the end ofwatch we were starting to cruise along, and were joined by some albatross. Ialso tried my hand at data wizard-ing for the science team during ourcarousel deployment, racing to write down all the necessary information.

During the afternoon we made a landmark crossing: we went overthe International Date Line, so we’re officially in yesterday! Hello westernhemisphere (does it look the same? Yes. Can we still be ridiculously excitedabout it? Also yes)! While we’re keeping the date the same on the ship, itfeels cool to do a bit of time travel. Afternoon snack today felt like amini celebration of this crossing, with apple crisp and homemade whippedcream eaten on deck. Some people bravely volunteered to complete thestrenuous task of finishing the whipped cream – I’ll let you guess who. I’llbe hitting an early bedtime tonight, with a 04:30 wake up tomorrow for myday as the student steward (although to be honest I’m not sure I’ve gone tobed past 21:30 – sailing will really get ya on an early bedtime schedule).I’m signing off as blog writer for now, but worry not, I’ll beback at it! A special shout-out to my family, both immediate and chosen – llove and miss you KM, BM, LM, AR, CB, LB, MS, and VA!

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