10/06/18 - Ocean Classroom: Day 16

Ocean Classroom: Day 16

Nikki

While being anchored in the outskirts of the Cape Cod Canal, I woke up at 07:00 like any other day.  We (the group of students and I) were woken up by practicing emergency procedures, such as man over board, fire and abandon ship.  After we were clear from the drills, I lined up for breakfast. Shortly after we ate, chores followed. Once the chores were finished, we set sail for Marion, MA.  

I had the privilege of being on duty from 08:00-12:00.  The views were amazing and the wind blew lightly. It was quite refreshing compared to the crazy sail we had the day before (Cat’s entry).  Along with the peaceful sail followed pleasant weather. We arrived at Marion, MA and anchored around 2 o’clock in the afternoon.

While A-watch took the deck, Ali, Frank and I power boated to the yacht club that Ali belongs to.  The club let us sail three 420s- allowing the crew to enjoy some boating/sailing on a smaller scale.  I enjoyed the change because I had the wonderful opportunity to teach others how to manage a smaller boat.  The first classmate I taught was Van, and I was very impressed at how quickly she picked up the skills to skipper (steer) the boat and manage the mainsheet (a line that pulls and lets out the sail).  The second crew member I taught was Daniel. He too picked up the basics very well and very quickly. Both of them had a strong ambition to learn the anatomy of the 420, which made me super happy. I also felt very proud because due to my good teaching skills they picked it up quickly and were able to enjoy and feel confident sailing.  

After the sailing, I climbed back onto Roseway to attend a history class.  In class, we learned about the Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World.  John explained to us that the mural is 1,275 feet long, and the amount of time that it took to make was 42 months.  The mural really caught my interest, and when I found out that we were going to the museum that contains it, I became super excited!  After class, everyone mustered mid-ships for dinner announcements and portion sizes. We got to have pizza (which I was super excited about)!  Once dinner was finished and cleaned up, I sat down to do homework and read a little.  I also have watch tonight at 22:15-23:30. We were surprised with fire works from afar to end a great day!