Tue Sep 20 21:20:47 EST 2011

First Voyage

From the 10th to the 12th of September was my first voyage with Windeward Bound. (Actually, we left on the 9th), but we immediately proceeded to a nearby anchorage and went to sleep.

We had so many passengers on board that there were more crew than crew bunks, so hot bunking was necessary. In addition, someone had to sleep in the saloon. Being the newest member of the crew, that someone was mostly me. Ths saloon couch is pretty comfortable, if a little short. It's also right next to the engine room hatch, which has its bilge checked regularly. It's also right next to the mates' cabin and the captain's cabin. Somehow I slept like a log regardless.

On the 10th, we motored to Adventure Bay for a good few hours, going more-or-less straight into the wind. The result was a lot of pitching and a lot of seasick people. I wound up on the helm, singing "Я очень рад, ведь я, наконец, возвращаюсь домой" (Indeed, I am very glad that I finally am returning home (Trololol)). Here's a shot over the side of the ship, but the camera never shows how it really feels.

Foam over the side

The stanchions are actually white, but they're reflecting the red from my wet weather gear.

Albatross

I also shot an albatross. I hope that's not going to bring a curse or anything.

I also took the opportunity to learn some more tunes for the harmonica:

Yay harmonica

The next day we sailed to Little Oyster Cove with the wind coming from about 90 degrees to the direction of travel. This means instead of the ship pitching all day, it rolled all day. We also had a chance to set the fore staysail and the two topsails.

Fore staysail Topsails

The cove was beautiful, but my camera doesn't capture landscapes so well.

Little Oyster Cove

Here's one last picture of the aft shrouds that I think's really cool.

Shrouds

Posted by Jack Kelly | Permanent link | File under: windeward_bound