09/24/18 - Ocean Classroom: Day 4

Ocean Classroom: Day 4

Castine Bay, Maine

Kristen G.

At about 5:45 this morning, I anxiously awaited my turn on anchor watch.  I had listened to several others wake up for their duty, but as 7:00 am approached I realized I had been left off the list.  It was my lucky night!  When I had crawled up the stairs at 6:30 am, the sun was already high in the sky, and the pink and orange hues faded into the blue sky.

Instead of setting sail immediately, the crew practiced emergency drills: fire, man overboard, and abandon ship.  It was not until we successfully completed these drills that we would set sail and practice tacking.  It is crazy to think that in the three days aboard this vessel, many of the confusing white ropes that draped from the boat are now lines with names and duties that I know- such as the peak and throat halyards (to raise the sails), lifts (to hold the boom up), jiggers (also used to raise the sails), and dory tackles & boat falls (to lower the small boats into the water).  At times it has been overwhelming, learning to speak using nautical terms, but now it is becoming a natural instinct.  I am also becoming familiar with the crew that I will be sharing a home with for the next eight weeks.

In addition, today marked the start of classes.  Not only do we have the opportunity to explore the east coast all the way from Maine to the Caribbean, we will be able to (manually?) navigate the vessel, study the marine life that surrounds us, learn the history of the ports we stop in, all while learning to become a sailor!  At the conclusion of the day, we moored in Castine Bay, ME.  As we ate dinner, we observed the blood orange moon emerge from the rocky cliffs of Maine, in bright contrast to the electric blue sky behind it.  Shortly after dinner we had an all crew muster where we were presented the history of Castine, ME.  Ali’s soothing storytelling combined with Matthew’s artistic touch made for an amusing show, leaving us excited for the adventure that awaits us.

Moored in Castine Bay, Castine, Maine.