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October 06, 2019

Life at The Rail

Jake Tura, C Watch, Bourne High School


The Yack Pack is Back and Better Than Ever.

Current Position
20°32.204’S 175°23.451’ W

Ship’s Heading & Speed
Heading 107 at 0 knots

Partly cloudy with a good breeze

Souls on board

As someone who has done offshore sailing before, I did not expect to be one of the unlucky ones, hunched over the rail, watching their lunch leave them. As things would turn out, leaving Pago Pago harbor, I was the very first to break. With relentless waves and a strong force 5 breeze, nausea quickly took over and I made my way to the rail on the starboard side of the quarterdeck.

For the first three days, I struggled to go below deck to sleep, and help my watch group with sail handling and boat checks. One night, I felt so sick that I decided that sleeping out in the cold rain was a better option than attempting to go below deck to my warm bunk. My amazing watch group picked up my slack for me and made sure I was drinking water and eating enough. However, not being able to help my watch, which is composed of some of my now closest friends, was really a struggle for me. A feeling of uselessness set in and it was extremely hard for me to just sit and watch while others were hard at work. While sitting at the rail, I thought back to a lesson my high school hockey coach, Coach Carpinito, taught the team. That being that there are only a few things in life that we can control, one of those being our attitude and how we deal with adversity. From that moment on, I tried to keep the group around me in high spirits and in the best mood possible.

Today, almost every member of The Yack Pack has recovered and are feeling well. Right now we are anchored off of Hunga Tonga- Hunga Ha’apai, in the Kingdom of Tonga, and the views of the island are absolutely incredible. Earlier, a few of us went aloft and climbed the foremast to be met with an amazing view of the island landscape.

Thanks to the support of the stellar medical team of Emily B. and Rocky and the support of my amazing friends, I eventually began to feel better and was able to start helping out on deck and in the lab. I am excited for the rest of this amazing journey with our new captain, Captain Chris and I would also like to thank Captain Elliot for being such an amazing role model and teacher.

Sail Fast!

Jake Tura, C (Coolest) Watch


#1. Posted by Linda Janda on October 06, 2019

So sad to hear your tale of woe. I can’t imagine feeling that awful…my heart goes out to you and your other mates that were sick. ( Yack Pack… too funny

#2. Posted by Jennifer Schildge on October 06, 2019

To the Yack Pack, hoping every last member now has their “sea stomachs”. Love hearing about the care and concern shipmates have for one another. Now go enjoy it

#3. Posted by Judith Searle on October 06, 2019

Ahhh, Jake,  now I understand why you looked much older in that photo!  Glad you have your sea legs back - Nana.

#4. Posted by Auntie Jen on October 06, 2019

Jake,I’m so sorry you were so sick but so glad you and the Yack Pack are better.  Enjoy this incredible experience.  Take lots of pics for us to see when you return.

#5. Posted by Kiki Tura on October 07, 2019

At least you have kept your sense of humor about it all.  Great to hear that your gang is feeling better.  Keep up that positive attitude and enjoy this amazing time.  xoxo mom

#6. Posted by Joyce Biagini on October 08, 2019

So glad to here you are feeling better, Jake.  Is Captain Elliot Rappaport still on board?  I didn’t realize you had a new captain until I read your post.



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