Do I like to sail? Can I say I love it but I hate it? I love the sun dipping low on the horizon, painted in a hundred different shades of beautiful. I love the romance of the dazzling aquamarine water glittering like a thousand diamonds while the bow cuts through the waves like silk. I love it when the sky darkens with stormy, ominous clouds and the waves then crash over the bow splashing unsuspecting crew with salty spray. I love the dolphins leaping and twisting in a fabulous show just for us. I love the spout of a whale shooting high in the air, the arch of it's back cresting above the waves. I love it when the Ghurkhas cook their traditional Nepalese food for us and the way the crew bonds together like we are the only people left on earth. I love all the activities that will forever be synonymous with a Mercy Ships sail.....sock golf, worship on the bow, Sail Olympics, Crossing the Line......
I hate the way the ship rocks and roll, preventing me a from a decent night's sleep, making it impossible to walk in a straight line. I hate it when my stomach lurches as we pitch and shudder violently. I hate the feeling of constant nausea that plagues me and I hate being medicated and sleepy to avoid it. I hate the trapped feeling I sometimes get and the need to stand on solid, unmoving ground, like I want to be anywhere but on the ship. I hate having to pack up my cabin and securing it for the imminent rocking and rolling, emptying my open shelves, sticking things down with blue tac, tying bungy cords around my cupboard doors, my TV and fridge. I hate not having T.V. I hate all the drills. I hate lying awake at night listening to that "thing" that goes bang, bang starboard to port each time we roll and never being able to work out what it is.
Love it of hate it or a little bit of both, this is the life we have chosen. You called me out upon the waters....
Captain Tim and Gabe, the Ship's Security Officer scan the horizon from the Bridge walk.
Stunning special effects from deck 8 of an evening, by one of our ship's talented photographers.
Spectacular sunset, even behind the curtain of clouds.
The crew wave triumphantly from the bow as we do doughnuts of the buoy that really, truly does mark the point where the Equator and Prime Meridian cross in the Atlantic Ocean!
Just another really cool photo!
Proof from the Bridge of a very special location. 0 degrees longitude/0 degrees latitude.
Just a nice shot that Andrew took from Deck 8.
Another nice pic that shows our gentle roll!
Can't do a sailing blog without a photo of the wake.
Andy's babies safe and secure on Deck 8, enjoying the sunset.
I read a saying on Facebook recently which I shared during the sail, "You always feel closer to God when you are near the ocean". Never is that more true when we are worshiping on the bow as the sun sets and the sea life dances.
Its gets pretty windy on the bow. Me with awesome hair!
Cool shot of the bow using a GoPro camera.
Cannot beat dolphins in the wild.
They love to lead the ship, jumping and leaping into the air right at the point of the bow.
One last drill before we saw land ahoy! Jess was a little less than impressed by the wind.