It is hard to describe how incredible it was to wake up this morning and look out the hatch and see a thin line of a sunrise looping around the horizon, water on all sides. Incredible. I love the sea. I wish I were learning more about sailing the boat, but there has been a shortage of time, since there is so much cooking to do. But I also admit I am slightly afraid to ask the captains about anything, especially Captain Might, who answers most of my questions as if I am a child. Maybe I look like a child to him.
Captain Wright was in the kitchen just now and I stopped typing to ask him some questions about the wind and the boat. We’re sailing southerly right now with the wind behind us, but because of our speed under motor, there’s no point in putting up a jib sail. So our sails are obsolete, banging back and forth in the wind and the toss of the waves.
One thing that people outside this life might not know about is that at night or in heavy seas, we have to wear harnesses. So last night and this morning, when I woke, instead of going straight from my quarters in the fishhole to the galley, I had to go around to the back of the boat, aft, where the wheel is, and where the captains steer the ship. Once there I have to tell someone that I am on deck. This is a system for knowing who is missing, if someone goes overboard.
Right now I have cinnamon rolls in the oven and oatmeal on the stove and it is 0700, which means it’s time to rock and roll. It’s time to feed the first watch.