Then we were off. Once we sailed away and waved our parents goodbye, there was every emotion circulating through my body. I was excited, nervous, but also terrified. Within seconds of leaving the dock, Captain Flansburg had me take the helm. His calm demeanor instantly settled my nerves. This was truly a day of firsts. Going from first helmsman to first anchor watch definitely opened my eyes to the difficulty of the trip, as well as the incredible adventures yet to come.
Next morning around 7 a.m., I was woken by Nikki to start off the day with chores. Although we technically had watch, we spent the majority of the time doing safety introductions and procedures. Then came the moment we had all been waiting for- setting sail!
The greenery slowly disappeared in the distance as we sailed further and further into the open ocean. After losing site of land I started facing one of my most sensible fears- getting sea-sick. This was extremely intimidating to me because it was only the first day aboard Roseway, yet I wasn’t alone. Multiple others felt the same way as I did, which satisfied me. The crew was unbelievably supportive, understanding, and helpful, reassuring everyone that it’s all going to be okay. Our watches began and everything fell into place. The day darted by in what felt like an hour.
The crashing of the seas rocked me to sleep as I waited for my 4 a.m. watch to come. A new day arose with red horizons and porpoises swimming in the swells. My watch begins!