Wow. Bermuda is a beautiful place. The water is so clear and the town and
its architecture is so cool. But because of Hurricane Tammy and the weather window that has opened up, we have gotten underway again and are quickly running away from the storm. But to everyone’s delight, Elsa is back with us on the boat after not being able to join us since the beginning of the trip. B watch got up at 6:00 for a 6:20 breakfast to get us underway at 7:30. It was sad to leave Bermuda knowing we had had such a short time on shore and force 7 winds and big waves waiting for use outside of the protection of Bermuda harbor. But everyone understands we need to get going and are ready for the final leg of our voyage. As we made our way out of the harbor, we quickly began to feel the big waves and fast winds against the boat. Water was beginning to slash up onto the deck and we all knew what we had ahead. And of course, right as we are getting out of the harbor, the Proctor and SEA flags got stuck and Jeremy had to climb aloft to help free them. We begin sailing with the Main Staysl and the Fore Staysl up. We start making about 6.5 knots with just those sails which is crazy, and travel West around Bermuda. While we are making ground, I decide to go up on deck and read the Lord of the Rings. (Now father, if you do not know who is writing this yet you should now, but that is if Ma has not already scrolled to the bottom of the page to see if I am finally writing a blog.) The Morning watch was very chill and eventually lunch came around and it was LEFTOVERS. Solid lunch by Rachel and Seb. B watch then handed over the deck to C watch at 1300 till 1900. I then played Noah Young in a vicious game of spit which went on for about 45 minutes. The game went back and forth the whole time and Noah ended up coming out victorious. That took us all the way to class where Jeff talked to use about corals the geological history of Bermuda. And Captain gave us further information on what our JWO (Junior Watch Officer) watches will entail. After class, book club groups met and people took some naps. Because I have nigh watch, I am writing this blog in parts. So I have stated it at 17:00 and will pick up later during my watch.
I have finally found myself a window of time. To pick up where I left off, dinner was really good, it was rice bowls with meat and a very good sauce. My watch then took over and now I am on lab with Emma and Nick but since a storm hit and the waves have picked up we are not able to do anything, so we have been helping out on deck. I was actually just at the helm for about an hour and a half and Emma was at look out right next to me. It was fun, but in these conditions when the boat is getting thrown, it can be really difficult to keep it on course. And while I was at helm we saw a Moon bow. It’s like a white rainbow at night. Now those on deck have taken over and Emma and I have a break before we have to do a surface station at 2300. Overall watch has been good so far with some rain and the boat heeling over a lot.
Watch last night ended well. The Last two hours were very funny because I think everyone was starting to get a little delirious. After a good six hours of watch, B watch came to relieve us at 1:00. We had a short watch meeting and the next thing I knew I was passed out in my bed. After another great day.
This trip so far has truly been the experience of a lifetime. I am loving every moment from getting thrown across the boat because it is heeled over so far, to us walking around Lunenburg. The professional crew on this trip are all amazing and there is no other group of kids I would rather be experiencing this with. I have learned so much about myself and who I want to be and I am so excited to keep learning new things. These kinds of trips do not come around very often for many kids and we are such a fortunate group of people that this experience can be a reality in our lives. But sadly this trip is coming to a close soon. I am going to miss the Corwith Cramer and everyone on it. But I will always remember this experience forever.
And to Mom, Dad, Annie, and most of all Maddy, I love and miss you all so much and can’t wait to see you. And Of course, let’s go Yankees.