Day 12, incredible journey. We are approaching our destination and yet we still have so much farther to go. This is such a giant step for us. We finally seem to belong. Our induction into the machinery of being “Kroo” is subtle and surprising at the same time. We didn’t have to subvert our personalities to accomplish this. We didn’t have to abandon our “uniqueness”. We simply had to subdue these qualities until they contributed to the whole rather than distract from it. We have had to learn what the boundaries and expectations are and fit ourselves to them. What role will our personality play in enhancing the group? Man is infinitely adaptable. So is our definition of self. By learning this, we can stand on our own two feet and be self sufficient; alone or with others. This lesson, more than anything, will stand us in good stead.
Good evening Shipmates,
Noon Report: We interrupt this report with a news flash! We just took in the stun’s’l, with the wind rising 20 knots and the stun’s’l boom working hard, it was decided to reduce sail. The ship was flying along @ 8.5 knots. Of course, the wind dropped back down 14 knots straight away. We now return to your regularly scheduled Noon Report. GPS: 21 34.7 N 144 14.0 W, Avg Cs: 234 M, Avg Sp: 5.6, Days run: 135 nm, Depth: 2.75 nm, U/W: 216 hrs-82% sailing. Hilo is 600 nm away. Local Apparent noon was 1236 and Mercury was directly overhead, invisible of course. We are 1980 nm from Seattle, 12,600 nm from Lake Michigan (by waterway), 1545 nm from Lafayette, CA, and 1290 nm from Temecula, CA. These are the home towns of Tamara’s watch. The full moon is tonight.
Well, we are having a rollicking good sail. For the last 12 hours Lynx has turned a good 7+ knots. She is sailing herself like a dream. You get the sails set and trimmed just right and she hardly needs a hand at the wheel. Still on port tack, quartering breeze; P/S courses, Topsail, Staysail, and Frankenstaysail. All working hard to get us to Hilo on time. Hopefully, we will arrive on the afternoon of the 3rd. Morning would be ideal. A good clean and scrub, ourselves and Lynx! Haul the guns up out of the bilge and remount them. Set working sail. And blast Hilo for Grand Arrival.
But, never mind all that. We are here right now. A right mellow day, overcast and sunny at the same time. We are feeling the warmth of the tropics now, but it is not oppressive yet. We are getting some work done. I have started on varnishing projects and we accomplished some repair work. Sam is working hard on various and sundry jobs. We have a lot of painting to do. The tropical weather is conducive to painting and varnishing. The wood dries fast and soaks up the finish. The coats of finish dry rapidly. We plan to do a lot of maintenance.
Emily found a flying fish in the scuppers this morning, and it ended up on the hook right quick. Jeremiah is drying the wings in the engine room. We saw whole squadrons of flying fish this afternoon. That usually means some kind of predator is chasing them, mostly mahi mahi. With so much food on the wing, he ignored our hook. Sad. Today’s classes were: Hawaiian Myths and Legends-Emily, Whaling History and Blacksmithing-Jim. The kids seemed to enjoy the lessons. Jim has a way of teaching and entertaining as well. Quite something.
Today’s bead ceremony involved a lot of spiritual and emotional themes. Everyone is in good spirits and appreciating Lynx and her shipmates. I chose a bright orange bead to remind me that I am entering my chosen home waters. I love Hawaii. I wish to retire here. The bead represents the tropical sun. I can’t wait to smell the plumeria.
The Watch Officers are happy with the skills of the student crew. They have taken to the lessons and applied them well. They are integral members of their watches and go to the right lines and sails more often than not. The chores get done and everyone “talks story” and laughs. Laughter is a regular component of daily life onboard Lynx. I wouldn’t have it any other way. This job is too grand and wonderful not to approach it with a sense of fun and adventure. The shear joy of living and sailing these fine ships, and getting paid for it(!), keeps you focused on the serious and necessary side of maritime life. Indeed, the hard practical components are key to loving what we do. The sense of accomplishment in completing the safety checklist for the month, inspecting the rig, satisfying USCG requirements (trying to), all the work and training is immense.
The schedule is so full and there is so much to do, and so much to learn, that you must enjoy it. You must love it. You must laugh at yourself, your shipmates, the passengers, the office, the world. Life is too precious to squander on grim reality. This world is so huge and full of wonder that it is a constant source of amazement to me that people mind everyone else’s business but don’t bother enjoying their own. We are teaching these young adults to take care of their world, right now bounded by the hull and rigging, and in turn take care of each other. Appreciate where you are, take interest in what you do, and support those around you. Tools no one should be without. 7.8 knots and flying… Aloha and A Hui Hou,
PS. Lolo is “crazy” in Hawaiian. cbt