SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
Dominica, nous voila!
Ship’s Heading & Speed
Sails furled and covered
Sunny with occasional tropical rain showers
So here we are, in Dominica!! All day we were within sight of land, getting closer and closer to our destination. The first contact I personally had with the Caribbean was hearing marine weather reports in French, broadcast from Martinique. I really wasn't expecting to hear familiar French after 29 days living on a tall ship in the middle of the ocean. We then met the smells of Dominica, a moist earthy tropical rain forest aroma. Shortly after, its mountains (tallest point of the Caribbean) towered before us as we crept our way into the Prince Rupert Bay.
We spent the rest of the day on the boat, getting it clean and tidied up before setting foot on land tomorrow. In the evening, everyone wore their nicest shirt and gathered on the quarterdeck, which was bright with string lights and Christmas decorations. We had a really nice meal with delicious meatloaf (which according to Kelsee is a mid-western thing, in case you didn't know). We then celebrated our Atlantic crossing with music, acts from A and C Watch, a poem reading, and to top it off: A CONTRADANCE. "Whaaaaat??!", you might say. But yes, we contra danced on a tall ship to our very own band in a Dominican bay. How awesome can this get???
After the festivities, everything got calm at once, as we had to change spots because our anchor was dragging. A few of us stayed on deck, playing guitar and relaxing in the dark.
We haven't set foot on land yet, and will do so tomorrow morning. Mixed feelings of excitement and pre-nostalgia are in the back of our minds as we are aware of the trip's soon ending. But for now, we are looking forward to the next three days in Dominica and sailing between Caribbean islands en route to Saint Croix!