What does a typical day aboard Fenwick Light look like?
6:00 – Wake up to Danielle apologizing for having to wake you up while shaking you and repetitively calling your name.
6:01 – throw on your harness, most likely forget to brush your teeth, , make coffee while desperately trying not to wake anyone or spill the boiling water.
6:10 – sit down and watch the GPS AIS for oncoming ships, drink coffee, watch the sunrise.
sometime between 7:00 to 9:00 – make oatmeal or pancakes, run engine to charge the batteries if needed and join Farrell in adjusting sails and course.
between 9:00 and 17:00 – take turns alternating between napping, reading, steering, eating, and staring into the ocean contemplating life’s great questions such as:
- Danielle – what are we going to do with the extra potatoes when we get to Hawaii?
- Kayleen – where do birds sleep at night?
- Farrell – how long will these bloody large swells last?
17:00 to 18:00 attempt to make dinner without spilling it. So far Farrell’s favourite was a chicken macaroni casserole.
18:00 to 21:00 – take one last nap before the night shift starts, try not to break into the treats cupboard, dream about king sized beds that don’t move, proceed to contemplate why someone would want a waterbed.
Night shifts – three hours of reading, looking for ships, trying to keep your eyes open, look at the stars, contemplate how you can break into the snack cupboard even though it’s above Danielle’s head, and countdown the minutes until your night shift ends.
Counting down: 1400nm to Hawaii!