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Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

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In all the minutiae of everyday life, I've neglected the beauty of this trip.
There is little more beautiful than a square-rigger with all square sails set,
braced for a wind over the quarter. Even being in and among it, and aware of all the details, doesn't detract. And we get the ocean, glassy with 1-2 foot swells or white-capped, 4-6 feet swells, and coming aboard through the scuppers, it's ever-present, and magnificent. We have sun, squalls, planets, stars, more stars, even more stars, and shooting stars all the time. We've seen a moonbow, some really good sunsets and sunrises, and shooting stars that lit up the weather deck.

I have it easy- the rest of the deckies have 4 hours of work-party every day but Sunday- I, as the sole paying passenger (and I negotiated a substantial discount), get to do what I want. So I'm running the email system, for which I'm originally responsible; learning celestial navigation and radar, and generally being useful, but not for 4 hours a day.

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