Today, Tess woke me up for morning watch with the great news that I wouldn't
need foulies for watch. The sea had finally calmed enough that sea spray was no longer a major issue. I could finally enjoy the warm weather in a T-shirt and shorts. It was still dark when I went up for turnover at 0650 where Junior Watch Officer Teo passed the cards over to Cade who would be JWO for the first half of our watch. Now, at the crack of dawn, it was C watch's turn to compete in the sail race. We were tasked with striking and resetting the Main and Stay Sails in as short a time as possible. After a quick team huddle to decide positions and strategy, we were off easing halyards and furling sails. The main sail proved to be the most difficult because it was our first time furling it without the help of a mate. Cade did well calling it and keeping everyone on task. After 49.58 minutes we had finished coiling down and mustered on the quarter deck before the sun had even risen. With that exciting start to the day it was on to the rest of watch. I was JWO for the second half of watch when the winds changed. It was my first time calling sail and but my crewmates knew where to be and supported me. We successfully set the Jib and changed tack.
With the calm waters we decide to set some fishing lines on our stern. Throughout the day we caught 3 Mahi Mahi which are absolutely beautiful fish. The energy on the quarter deck instantly changed when the binder clip lightly holding a bight of the line let go prompting the helmsman to shout "fish on." Everyone safety rushed aft to catch sight of the fish as it was pulled in. Though we didn't catch a fish big enough to prepare in the galley it was still exciting.
Later on today I went aloft with Teo, Miles, Noah, and Liam. Being aloft offers an almost third person perspective that changes the way you feel aboard. As much as I know I'm far out to sea, being aloft really made me feel out to sea. From just under the top of the foremast I had a 360 degree view of still water limited only by the mast itself. Being up there and looking back down at the standing watch going about their duties amidst the infinite blue makes the ship feel small and makes this whole experience all the more captivating.
The days are long and the weeks are short and I really can't believe it's almost over. I hope to savor every moment in these last few days aboard the Cramer.