February 02, 2020
It’s been a pretty exciting start to the semester, and while I’ve managed to keep my academic workload pretty light this semester, I’ve filled that time with TAing, drumming, and work on Graduate. Needless to say, the first sailing trip of the semester was a welcome break.
The voyage we undertook this past weekend is traditionally just for the nautical science staff, or “mates”. The captains reacquaint everyone with the operation and safety procedures for the boats we take out, and we spend some time coordinating which pairs of first and second mates will go out on which student voyages throughout the upcoming semester.
Mimicking the structure of those voyages, the weekend trip was a two-day affair, with an overnight stay moored at a marina in Long Beach. However, since everyone knows the drill, most of the time is just spent lounging on deck in the sun and listening to the captains tell stories and explain nautical trivia. Here are a couple pictures I took the first day!
During the first day we also got a chance to see a couple whales and dolphins, however none breached long enough to get a good photo or video. Maybe next time. Until then, happy 2020-02-02!