01/08/12 - Watch A Reports from Sea

Watch A Reports from Sea

Maho Bay, St. John

Watch A: Ingrid B., Kelsey, Allie, Xueli, Zak, and Matt

We were awoken at 7:30 sharp, and set about to a industrious day. We all met on the decks for our class, in which we read the "Sea fairer" aloud. Members of the crew joined in with the reading. Several students gave wonderful displays of viking spirit in the reading of the old Norman poem. Concluding class, the crew called us up to help raise the main sails, which was done with a will. The main sail weighs one ton, and is the largest sail on the eastern coast of the United States. Hard and trying work, but after we left port, it was well worth it. An hour into the voyage, whales were spotted off the starboard bow. The captain decided to give chase. It was our first real view of the professional crew in action as they skillfully brought the sails around with the wind. The sapphire-blue water shone under the sun, and the booby birds dove after the flying fish our boat scared into leaping. Most of the voyage was spent learning seamenship skills such as knot tying, the different parts of the rigging, standing watch at the bow and steering the Roseway at the helm. Some of us had sea-sickness, but pushed through admirably. After many tries at setting anchor, we all got our first chance at a salt-water swim. We leapt off the boat into the sea, with our hair covered in shampoo, since the sea doubled as our shower. Dolphins investigated our professor as he was snorkling. After surviving a trying day at sea, we are all looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.