Ocean Classroom 2020: Day 23

Ocean Classroom 2020: Day 23

Rockland, ME

Robin

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 

Waking up to another day of fog, strong winds, and rain, we got ready for our first day of provisioning food for the next two weeks! With the excitement of getting new food, we also got to pick out our own individual snacks and one group snack for every watch. As the crew took small boats to shore to pick up loads of food, all the students had a fun navigation class with Mr. Terry, Susanna, and Tiffany. We practiced sweating the lines with resistance provided Susanna on one side of the gauntline in one group and in another Mr. Terry was pulling on the stern boat falls looking like Tarzan as students tried to sweat the line and put it to the pin. After sheets and lines, we went into mock gybing and tacking practice with Mr. Terry trying to yell directions through the wind. All the students were running around pretending to know what we were all doing. Once navigation class ended, we piled into the salon for lunch and to get out of the wind. It was a filling meal of Bolognese, rice, and salad. Once lunch was over, we had time to wind down, take a nap, or do chores. Rachel and I decided to take a much-needed nap. As we went down into the fish it was still foggy and windy. About two hours later, I woke up to Cameron telling Rachel that the fog had cleared, and the sun was shining. But what made us spring out of bed and run up the companionway was Cameron saying, “and there are doughnuts from Dunkin Donuts in the galley for everyone!” After enjoying a bite of reality, Thane lead literary class with a few sea shanty songs and review of the questions that we made up for our interviews for our “People of Roseway” paper. With the sun finally out, almost everyone sat outside for dinner on the cabin tops. Feeling the sun on our faces for the first time in 6 days made everyone extremely happy and energetic! To end the night there was a battle between Sean, the fabulous cook, and distributing hot chocolate packets to the students! Unfortunately, Katie and Jamie burnt their tongues. Shout out to my family, I love and miss you, especially my dog Edie!