Starting position: 18 43.3N, 068 10.9W
Rhumb Run in last 24 hrs: 113.8nm
Day’s Run in last 24 hrs: 125.9nm
Rumb Run from Miami: 798nm
The salty wind blowing against my face cooling down my warm brow, my face has the look of intense concentration keeping the boat on course. Watching the Westward crash against the offending waves was a sight to see. I never knew a boat could have so much strength and courage. Let me tell you that being on helm (the wheel with which you steer the ship) is not an easy task. You must concentrate on a compass in front of the helm at all times and you MUST steer directly as possible on the ordered course. At 14:00 (2:00 p.m.) all of the Tall Ship students report upstairs or as we say “All hands on deck for class” and have a two hour class. First thing we do is get the navigation report which tells us how far we’ve traveled and how long it’ll take to get to our next destination. Then comes the weather report which is pretty much self explanatory and lastly is the engineer report which gives us ranges of our fuel and water supply. After the reports we have our English discussion on the book we’re all reading called Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat. Its a very interesting book on a girl whose life is set in New York City and how she manages to identify herself as a Haitian. After class we all went our separate ways, I myself had to report back on watch and took over helm. A couple of minutes later there was a shout from Angelina (TSSG Student) we all looked over the rail on the port side (left side) and saw that our fish line caught a wahoo fish. We all looked in wonder at the fish. It was very long in length and had silver scales, the gill was enormous for it’s body and it had a distinct mouth that was very long like a swordfish with extra sharp little teeth. Finally we decided to put it back into the water because it was too small to fry.
When night began to fall some of us went to sleep to prepare for our next watch. Times are getting restless since we’re almost to our second stop which is the beautiful island of Vieques, Puerto Rico. All of us are filled with excitement and awaiting the wonders of the island. The question is, what will happen next?
Written by Ashally Park