On the way to St. Mathew’s Island
by Guest Blogger
July 17, 2006
The following posting is from Adam, who is onboard in the Bering Sea…
We are now about half a day north of St Paul. It’s a comfortable ride as the swell and breeze are coming from behind us gently helping us along at about 8 knots on our way to St Matthew’s Island. The fog is patchy so every now and then we can see the horizon and people on the bridge pick up binoculars and look around for whales and factory trawlers.
It really feels like we’re on a new stage of the journey as a lot has changed onboard. When you are working with a team doing something as intense as this you really get to know each other and bond, (or the opposite), and we had such a fantastic team on the first half of the voyage that it feels strange now that they are gone and a new bunch have arrived. We will go through the process again though and in a few days everything will feel normal again.
It was sad and a bit scary waving goodbye to Willie and George on the dock. Willie’s the kind of guy that subtly makes you feel safe at sea with his total understanding of, and ability fix, every square inch of the boat. But he gave James and I a very thorough lesson on everything we will have to do for the week he is gone.
We should arrive at St Matthews in about 20 hours or so. It’s an uninhabited (by humans anyway) island and a sanctuary, so we will not be allowed to set foot on it. Luckily there are three or four really good spots to anchor, so whichever way the wind blows we will have a nice lee to be in.
James is cooking what he calls an “experimental dish.” It’s smelling good though and its still in the pot, which is good because in the last 20 minutes or so the swell’s gotten bigger and changed direction to a bit more on the side so we’re rocking and rolling quite a bit.
Feels like a loooong way from home out here…
Note: Adam is a radio operator and RIB driver. He has worked with Greenpeace in Australia and internationally since 2003. He is also an industrial rope access specialist, which involves rigging for skyscrapers and large scale events such as the Olympics, as well as a licensed yacht skipper.