My day started at 03:30 this morning. I was instructed that it would be very cold, and based on my experience on my previous 20:00-00:00 watch, I wasn’t taking any chances. Under full foulies, I wore three pairs of pants and seven top layers. When I emerged from the fo’c’sle hatch I was pleasantly surprised- it wasn’t cold or raining. In fact, we had nice weather for the whole watch.
I spent the first hour of watch stripping layers, cleaning the salon sole only to find out it had already been cleaned, and cleaning the head. Afterwards, I remained on the deck for forward lookout, relay, or on standby. This morning was the first morning we enjoyed a beautiful sunset with warmer weather. Also, a bat flew onto our boat. We are now keeping our new friend lil’ Wayne in an old box on the quarter deck. When my watch ended and I finished eating breakfast, I took a nap.
About 30 minutes into my nap, I was awakened for a man overboard drill. This was the first unexpected drill we have had. Overall, it went well- we could have been more efficient with lowering the small boat into the water, but we were able to retrieve the soccer ball (Oscar) that simulated a person falling overboard. Shortly afterward, I went back to sleep and didn’t wake up until lunch. After lunch I had a very relaxed afternoon. I did some homework and reading while waiting for my 16:00-18:00 watch. Also, during this time, my group and I completed the weather almanac. During our watch, all hands mustered to listen to the three watches present weather, navigation, and engineering reports, followed by a story reading from Cap.
For the remainder of watch, I studied for my aloft clearance test. Tonight was Sunday formal, but unfortunately I did not bring nice clothes, so I wore a fleece and sweatpants to an amazing meal prepared by Brandon. After dinner, I took part of my aloft clearance test, and I plan to finish it tomorrow. I then played a game of Egyptian Rat Screw (ERS) with Johnny. If I won, he would allow me to braid his hair, and if he won, I would teach him how to French braid. I won, though, so I braided his hair (and I think it looks good!). Now, I must prepare myself for my first graveyard shift tonight from midnight to 04:00.