On Sat. the pride of Orange Coast College, Alaska Eagle, departed Newport Harbor. Amidst a cheering fleet of hope, we waved goodbye to family and friends as they joined us for the trip out of Newport Harbor. The day was brilliant and the Eagle never looked so good! (many thanks to all who have labored over the past several months in the rebirth of this incredible, and well loved beauty!),
For this trip, we have a gifted skipper (Karen) and staff (Lydia and Jerome). The crew is rounded out by me (Jean Marie), Gil, Mary, Jim, Steve, Gary, Brad, Robin and Lon. We are diverse in many ways and hail from a variety of experiential backgrounds. Each of us different; all joined together by our passion for the open sea and sailing.
On board life is unfolding as it should and we are deploying the responsibilities of a life at sea. As we settle into a daily routine, we carry a sense of responsibility for the safe passage of our ship and her crew. Inclusivity, patience, kindness, support and respect are the foundations for creating our small community; we are bound by the limits of our vessel; alone together on a vast sea. Safety, self care and sailing the boat; our purpose is as simple as that.
As for the practical side of our days; all goes well. Solid winds have supported a fast start to the trip (one 12 hour period resulted in us covering 110 miles). We are busily tending to our daily chores (cleaning, meals, showers, sleep) as well as managing a few equipment repairs.
That's the start. From here we continue the passage.
Todays' scribe, Jean Marie
And on a personal note, I send much love to my wonderful partner and daughter (C & c) and a special callout to my broader community of family and friends. I love you all!