Ocean Classroom 2020: Day 16

Ocean Classroom 2020: Day 16

Gulf of Maine

Jamie

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 

After many anxious days in Gloucester harbor, we finally set sail! In the morning, Captain let us know that hurricane Teddy had finally traveled far enough North for us to start our transit up to Maine. After a delicious lunch, we reefed the mainsail. This allowed us to decrease the surface area of our largest sail. We then set off from Gloucester with anticipation. Most of us were anxious about sea sickness after learning we were in for 5-8 foot waves. Surprisingly, the sea were calm(ish) after leaving the protected harbor. Soon enough, there was no land in sight. This was a first for me. I have spent a little time on the water, but I cant remember a time where all I saw as blue water on all four sides. We had our first official watch while underway this afternoon. It was a short “dog” watch which is two hours instead of four. We did a boat check, had someone on forward lookout and helm, dinner setup, and standby- who is available to assist with anything. As the watch was winding down and we were preparing for dinner, dolphins jumped out of the water next to us. The pod was on both sides of the Roseway, leaping out of the water, and then crashing back down into the water. We ate dinner as the sun set. I felt so fortunate to live this routine for the next two months. The hardships that are on the horizon will only make us stronger and value this experience even more. Can’t wait to see what is next!