Pirates Night & Pilates In The South Pacific
Trip Start Feb 11, 2010
28Trip End Apr 04, 2010
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The crew is superb, from the highest Captain to lowly ABS (Able Body Seamen)! Many of the crew are always calling me "Sir" no matter how many times I tell them to call me Walt. (Bill, a word of caution, I am getting used to it. Ha!) Can't say enough praise for their excellent services and cheerful attitudes. Captain Brunon is excellent and has a wonderfully dry sense of humor with perfect timing and is very smart
My Cabin Boy Ferdi (aka Ferdinand the Steward) is outstanding. The first day on-board, I had left my un-hung clothes on the bed because I ran out of hangers. When I returned after dinner, he had brought in more hangers and hung my clothes very neatly in the closets. He reads my mind. He keeps my room spotless and picked up! This is the kind of treatment I grew up with having 6 older sisters! Each evening, he cleans again and turns down my bed and puts a chocolate on my pillow. He somehow knows when I am gone and does this all on the sly. Bill, can I bring him home, please??
My small, nautical themed, ocean-blue carpeted cabin 110 has dark wood & brass accents, is air conditioned, has one porthole, has a double bed w/duvet and under-bed storage, built in chair & table w/stool, 3 mirrored door closets (two for hanging clothes), safe, TV/DVD, in-room private bathroom w/medicine cabinet, hair dryer on wall, shower, clothes drying line and many cubbyholes for storing things
030210 @Sea: 6th @Sea day since the Marquesas, 20th day away from home…had to advance our clocks another hour ahead, so now on PST (3 hours behind EST). Am doing fine and enjoying doing nothing...or at least having little responsibility. I admit there are those times when I wish I was with Bill & our dogs NOW because I miss them so much...but pull myself back into the present and am enjoying the South Pacific for the short time I am with it. It will be strange to walk on land again in Panama, if not sooner. We seem to be behind schedule due to the strong head winds...so hopefully will not miss the Cocos & Pearl Islands. The ship is always sailing. Two jibs and 3 staysails are up now. They cannot use the square riggers unless the winds are more behind us, like when we were in French Polynesia. So far, besides Gail, I have only seen the stern Spanker up once. I checked the Bridge at 8:30 AM and we are at Latitude 4.33 degrees S (equator = 0) and Longitude 128.7 degrees W, doing 7.4 knots at a heading of 70 degrees (0 = North, 90 = East), with easterly winds at 22 to 26 knots. When I look at the world map, we have barely moved from the Marquesas compared to the distant Panama. I suspect they are using the engine to supplement the speed to keep us on schedule. It is difficult to tell as at least one of the engines is always on to generate electricity and hydraulic power for pumps, etc. and barely noticeable amongst all of the other noises (wind, etc.). The exhaust goes up and out the funnel hidden in the 4th mast towards the stern so we are rarely bothered by diesel exhaust fumes. When I asked the officer in charge about motoring, he just smiled at me. Probably spoke Russian and had no idea what I was saying
I don't know what I would do without Gail from George Dubbya, Texas. She has become a good friend and strong anchor. We talk like old friends and give support to each other. She doesn't put up with shit from anyone and has a great sense of humor. She is the life of the table during meals. The group we hang with are always belly laughing, which really helps. Gail leads a daily Pilates class on the deck of the Tropical Bar. I joined her today and am paying the price as I am totally out of shape.
Ineke (EE-nic-ca), the Dutch lady from De Whore(n) [spelled De Goorn, where the G sounds like an 'h’ that is clearing it’s throat of phlegm], north of Amsterdam, is another story and quite the character. Today, she pulled down her top a bit too far to show me how she got too much sun yesterday. E, you would love her soft skin! She is available, has a feisty sense of humor and likes dogs. Although she may stereotypically use her fingers to plug dykes in her homeland, she is NOT a vagitarian. Ineke says to tell E she’s made for comfort, not for speed.
Luckily, most people are fun to be around and respect each other
Update: Per the ship's published list of passenger nationalities, there were:
Great Britain 14
New Zealand 1
Just seemed like a lot more Germans were on-board! This list seems a bit inaccurate, at least what fellow passengers said were their homelands.
Living the dream... :)