“This is just a test – warning – this is just a test.”
05/18/2014 - 05/18/2014 78 °F
In transit to Beaufort, NC – Beaufort, NC
Sunday, May 18th, 2014
I have to say that today started much better than yesterday. I woke up feeling wonderful, jumped out of my rack and oddly enough still felt great. I got dressed and even before I could make my morning protein shake, I was summoned to the deck as we had visitors. A pair of dolphins were swimming off of our bow. I have sailed two tall ships in the ocean and both times I have been fortunate to see dolphins. This totally makes my trip and all of the vomit that may have come with it totally worth it. I am now convinced that every morning that you get to wake up to wild dolphins, you just know that it will be an incredible day.
A Watch was on duty from 08:00 to 12:00 noon and I was at the helm for the first two hours of it, most of the time all alone on the deck! I did not get off course, I did not dump the wind and I did not crash into anything. Charlie came up and decided to throw a fishing line in. As he was letting line out in the first 30 secs, he got a fish on and nearly ripped the reel from his hand! He landed a large heavy sliver fish, whose name escapes me, what I will report back on that. It was released back in to the water and off we went. Again all good signs that today had every possibility of being better than yesterday. The next two hours I had boat checks to do and I got to make lunch for the Capt and crew. First time cooking on this ship. I introduced them to Taco Tuesday. Hard shells, beef, fresh tomatoes, slightly blackened bell peppers, raw onion, Jalapeno peppers, cheese, sour cream, salsa and hot sauce. I also make a yummy refried bean side with cheese and onion, because you can never have enough onion or cheese. I had a great Sous Chef jump up and offer to assist – fellow deckie James.
I got stood down in just enough time to clean up lunch with James and as we were just about finished with clean-up, we hear “Man over board!!!” Now other than being completely shocked with hearing this on a rather calm afternoon, I’m not going to lie, my first thought was “THANK GOD that it wasn’t me”. Granted I was thinking this as we both dash at top speeds up onto the deck. Turns out that it was time for a Man-Over-Board drill. Can I please point out that it still wasn’t me?!?
We successfully rescued the lifesaving ring, flag on a long pole that floats, and a flashing lantern that all was thrown over to save the man over board. My task was to use the boat pole to retrieve said items. Simple enough right? Well it was, but I learned very quickly about fiberglass splinters. Roughly 6512, give or take 4 or 5, in my right hand from the dang flag pole. OUCH OUCH OUCH. My hand was very tingly and still is as I type this nearly 12 hours later.
Next thing that you know, I am seeing land again! We had made it to Beaufort, NC. We decided that it would be best to come here to wait out a storm system that is coming thru. We should love Tuesday morning, if all goes well. The Capt. ordered the entire ship be cleaned inside and out and we all worked together for a few hours cleaning up. Ship looks awesome. Right after the clean, I was rewarded with my first navigational course. Simple 101, but still very brilliant and very exciting. I can now “drop a dot” meaning take the GPS coordinates and plot our place on the chart.
The Capt. then cooked us dinner! I have got to say that it was a rather odd feeling having a Capt. cook for me/us. I asked him “So what are you poisoning us with tonight” in honor of my time aboard Pride with Capt. Miles. I quite miss him asking me that every night. The answer was Swai fish, rice and squash. A lovely meal and the man can really cook. Afterwards it was a quick walk to the lovely town of Beaufort to hit a bar or two. Gin and Tonics and an order of crab cakes. Loving it here.
On the walk back to our ship, we saw a bunch of rays and eels in the bay!!! We could see them as we walked over a bridge. Four different wildlife’s in one day! I got a lot of baking to catch up on I guess. I have the whole day off tomorrow, because of the weather. Perhaps some baking can happen then.
Kit – The Baker and Deckhand