Day 103: Hook Passage – Whitsunday Islands, Australia
As expected, the captain and crew woke up around 6 am and the commotion started. Some of the crew began making breakfast while the rest readied Broomstick for another day of sailing. I was agitated, but adjusted quickly. This is life at sea. We set sail just before sunrise without any indication from the crew about where we were headed.
Sailing before dawn was very lovely. The sea was calm, and despite the shuffling below deck, the atmosphere was strikingly peaceful. The night sky was slowly giving way to the rising sun with muted hues of pink and orange in the distant horizon. The clouds hovered low nearby off Broomstick’s starboard. They were made more dramatic as night transitioned to sunrise.
I’m glad I spent the night on Broomstick’s deck. If I had done otherwise, I would have missed out on this unique moment of tranquility. I was lost at sea – the vast sea, and it was okay.