Overnight Watch – Alone in the middle of nowhere

Sunday, July 8, 2018, was an awe inspiring night for me. I was on a delivery as engineer/mechanic from Melbourne, FL to the DR. The previous evening was a crossing of the Gulf Stream after a squall tossed the 29′ Konsort like a rag doll and the GPS recorded our fastest SOG, 12.8kts. Surfing, wind and currents definitely will provide you with an adrenaline infused rush, but typically in the wrong direction.

Sunday night was calm and the skies where clear with a waning moon, so I spent nearly the entirety of my watch standing on the pilot’s seat with my head outside of the hatch watching the bio-luminescent algae reveal our path and watching the Milky Way stretch for horizon to horizon. I have experience “darkness” before, but this is the first time that I had been over 300 miles from shore with clear skies and calm sea, which created the illusion that I could reach out and pull the stars out of the sky and hold them in my hand.

These early hours of the day and the beauty that Mother Nature can reveal are two things that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime, either at sea or in the secluded wilderness. I would suggest the sea.

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