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A Comforting Day

Dec 6, 2012

Location: Underway to Dominica
Author: Tess Gruenberg
It’s officially Day 4 of the much-anticipated Atlantic Crossing! Most of our fears are beginning to wallow away as we sail further away from land. We’re all now pretty comfortable with underway life; the constant hustle of bodies walking through the hallways, the slamming of the watertight doors and the rustling of foulies will become the soundtrack to our lives for the next 12 days. I think today was a perfect depiction of our comfort and happiness, at least for me! Beasley made the crew hummus for lunch, which surprisingly turned out to be an amazing lunch (many doubted it). After cleanup, we had MTE class with Kris and Leah, where we worked on our chart work, in preparation for our upcoming Nav Master Exam. Our class is really starting to understand the importance of precision in chart work as many of us worked endlessly on the first problem, in order to get the answer down to the exact degree. After MTE, we had Oceanography with Keith. I think he’s beginning to understand the group dynamic more and more, as he brought bags upon bags of candy in attempt to help us understand certain exercises. Everyone was pleased as we gorged ourselves with Maltesers and M and M’s. Our first Advanced Diving course was next (for those who are taking it). Britt taught us the ins and outs of Deep Diving and Night Diving, to prepare us for our dives in the Caribbean. Shortly after, Holden and Staige caught us a 15-pound tuna!! The excitement was high as Holden perfectly fileted the baby tuna for Beasely to prepare with dinner. The crew split up after that; most went to take a nice 2-hour nap before dinner and others did some work, while Watch team 1 stayed on deck to keep watch. I was lucky enough to stay on bow watch with Karl, Liza, and Biz. A couple of days ago, somebody brought up the notion of a “seamester” moment; the moment defined as the realization of what you’re doing, where you are and how lucky you are to be here on Argo. This was one of those moments. The four of us talked for a while; we talked of Biz’s future college endeavors, Karls plans of helping to get rid of the Great Pacific garbage patch and how Watch Team Numero Uno is clearly the best watch team of all. Then we sat in silence for about 30 minutes, in complete tranquility and peace. I guess that was the moment where I realized how comfortable everyone is with each other on this boat. Sitting in silence, without the pressure of talking and understanding completely why nobody needs to talk could be the most defining moment in friendship. After an hour, we all mustered in the cockpit for dinner. Tuna and pork loin! It’s been an amazing day all together. Can’t wait to spend the next 12 days on passage with everyone! setdate:2012-11-15