Sabine - Sabine update for 24/11/22
Hello interweb friends, Captain Stape on sail boat Sabine right here (///formally.precipitously.revelations), bringing you up to date news on Sabine and her crew. First the crew: Kia the skipper from Guam, Polina from USA (Kia’s SWMBO), John from USA, Richard from U.K., and me, the ship’s parrot. Well, weren’t the first 48hrs fun?!? (this being a new meaning of the word fun that really pushes the boundaries!) Most of the crew got through this unscathed, but Richard was regularly and frequently examining the contents of his stomach for the first 24hrs. Luckily Kia (also ships surgeon) took pity and issued meds that helped. But boy oh boy, what a dramatic start! When things started to calm down, and Richard could actually eat and drink without violently rejecting it, the sun came out and the boat was accompanied by a large pod of dolphins for a while, lifting spirits and excitement. Now the quest has begun, the crew are settling into a kind of rhythm, however this does seem to involve quite a lot of just sitting around, talking, reading, and watching the original ‘The Italian Job’ on an iPad.
The fishing line goes out, then sometime later the rapid clickety-click of the spool can be heard, so Polina rushes over to try and reel the fish in. This has happened several times, but ‘The Richard Curse’ occurs and the fish escape (Richard says he doesn’t eat fish unless it’s battered, deep fried and from his local chippy, so he is believed to scare all the fish away so we can’t eat them). Other exciting things: a sun-dried ex-squid was found on the netting at the front of the boat - mmmm, crispy! A flying fish flew into the helm area in the dead of night, but with a little help, managed to fly (was chucked) out again. And today was Thanksgiving and also Kia’s birthday so the crew ate turkey (ish…, it might have been chicken) and pork roast with salad and potatoes. And as a special treat for the birthday boy, the Richard Curse was temporality lifted and a large ‘Mahi-Mahi’ was caught and filleted for later (Richard avoided all contact with this exercise, disappointed in his total failure in trying to help the fish get away).
Well, that’s about it for now, but I’m sure there’ll be more news soon. Until then, Capt. Stape signing off. Ciao ciao squawk!