Location: Underway to Azores
I’m not sure what day it is. However, it doesn’t matter, and that is one of the best things about this trip. Today started like all the others. I woke up, brushed my teeth, and threw on my shirt and PFD. As I stepped outside for our watch debrief, I saw how the water had grown even calmer, almost to the point where you could see your reflection. That watch was from 8 am to 12 pm. The watch team indulged themselves with oatmeal and muffins throughout the watch. The skies were clear, and the sun was bright. Only the sound of the motor was causing discomfort. As members of watch team 3 went to cook, the rest jammed to some T Swift. Our watch came to an end, and lunch rolled around. Griffin, Raul, and Devon may not have had Remy’s recipe, but their ratatouille was just what we needed to get ready for the busy afternoon. It was announced at the end of lunch that we would be raising our sails and turning off the engine. This was a definite boost for the group. Watch team 2 lead the sail raising. After a great deal of sweating and some organized line pulling, we had five sails set, including the fisherman.
Most importantly, the monotonous sound of the engine was gone. Only the sound of the wind interrupted our thoughts. We then proceeded with the usual schedule of showers and watches. When dinner rolled around, we had burned off our energy from lunch and were excited about the spaghetti…we were not disappointed. As I reflect on the day, I am again trying to wrap my head around the fact that all 28 of us set out with the goal of crossing the Atlantic, and now here we are closing in on the Azores. Of course, I am excited to see and step on land; however, I know that I am even more excited for the next passage.
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