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Landfall

March 20, 2012

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There is something wrong with the ocean. It becomes rough. The sailors have binocular eyes pointed at a low bank of grey cloud on the hairline of horizon. Mountains. If I look to the north I can pretend we’re still far at sea. But land has a siren call. It pulls your focus and your […]

The ocean in colour

March 18, 2012

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A moment of media madness during our shore leave in stupidly stunning Napier, east coast, Aotearoa. Passportless, we hand over our crew id – a photocopy job – and  step off the port onto a black stone beach, waves beating it slowly into sand.  Tonight we hit the sailor’s club for the promise of tea and […]

Pitch and roll

March 11, 2012

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David Foster Wallace describes when the heavy waves come straight at a Megaship’s snout, the ship goes up and down along its long axis – this is called “pitching.” It produces the disorienting sensation that you’re walking on a very slight downhill grade and then level and then on a very slight uphill grade […] […]

Collective nouns for ships

March 6, 2012

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The collective noun for the group of ships that one is waiting for is ‘an uncertainty’. With three days to go before we ride the ocean from Melbourne to Auckland we are certain only that our ship will be leaving ‘about 9 March’. Here are a few other things we know: • We were originally […]