There has been much to remember on this voyage. Sunrises and sunsets, icebergs and glaciers, sails and masts and winds to match. But surprisingly, the things I will recall are the smiles of the young crew.
The broad, beaming grin of Will
The cheerful, cheeky smile of Merle
The genuine, joyful smile of Vai
The delightful smile of Belen
The charming smile of Natalie
The graceful smile of Sasha
The warm, welcoming smile of Jonna
The sardonic smile of Diven
The thoughtful smile of Katelinn
And as for Peder, let’s call it the rare smile!
As a man in my fifties it is not often that I get a chance to work with people less than half my age, and rarer still that I get to learn from them. So this was an unexpected highlight of the voyage. The real privilege for me of working with this young crew will live with me for a long time and I’m grateful for them sharing a little of their life at sea. How I envy the life they have, their enthusiasm, zest and the knowledge and confidence they have already accumulated. Let’s not forget their remarkable patience with us middle aged dudes too. And Natalie, I will remember to “chill my beans”. Frequently. Thank you!