A Captain's Observations -Southbound Transit, 2021

A Captain's Observations -Southbound Transit, 2021

Atlantic Ocean, 2 Days North of St Croix

Capt. Christopher Flansburg

20° 57" N 65° 25" W course 170° psc speed 5 kts. 2100hr    Charleston SC toward Christiansted St Croix.

Tonight I lay in my rack contemplating.   We are about a day and a half  from Culebra and so about two days from STX.   Having been on deck and looked at a clear clear sky for a bit I take some time to think about how small we are and how silly the whole thing seems.  You can see the Milky Way Galaxy which I guess has like a billion suns in it and with a clear night like tonight you can see a smudge of stars that is The Andromeda Galaxy.     A whole other Galaxy smashing (very slowly) into ours with its own billions of suns.    We haven't heard any news, apart from the all important Pat's scores, since leaving Charleston about a week ago.   I don't miss it at all. All the things that are so important ashore are replaced by looking after your ship, your shipmates, and yourself.   It's no wonder in ancient times sailors at sea were considered to be neither living nor dead. It only takes a day or less to lose the sight of land and once gone it may as well have never been there.    This voyage is short. Ten days or so. But it's enough to make you appreciate all the things that are important to you and to realize just how small you are.   

"When you steer. Goddammit you steer!"         
~S.H.,  Wanderer   

Distance sailed over the bottom:     1267 NM   
Rhum line Distance:       1200 NM   
Fish caught:     
4 Mahi Mahi (1 released)     
1 Wahoo      
1 Baracudda (released)      
2 swordfish  (released)   
Number of eggs cooked: (approx.)     
180    Flour used (approx.)      30 lbs    
Average speed:       5 kts      Highest speed:       11 kts      
Number of books read by crew/ titles/recommendations.    
Eli 6 The color Purple , Pacino, Fireburn, The Secret life of bees, A Children's Bible*, the secrets we kept.* and Lilliths Brood *   
Rob 4 the Mars trilogy* and Dr Zhivago   
Susie 4  the woman in cabin 10*,The Devil and the dark water **, Educated*, the Final girl support Goup*   
Rudy 4 Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy, Galapagos *, Cats Cradle *, Voyage for madmen.    
Ben 6 King Killer Cronicles*, Ready Player 1* Half a King * The Hobbit, Wanderer.  
Greg 3 Cats Cradle *, Galapagos * the city in the middle of the night (bad).  
Captain C  4 City of thieves *, The Night Circus* the last duel* Churchills ministry of ungentalmanly warfare*

Capt. Christopher Flansburg