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Marley Under Mainsail

“...'cause every little thing, gonna be alright”

 

Creatures of habit are we, whether on land or sailing the seas. Comfortable repetitive routines characterized our final few blissful days under sail before reaching our final port of call. We anticipated reaching Rarotonga, the largest of the Cook Islands, just before nightfall on the last day of our journey. These islands are home to 21 species of dolphins and whales, more than 600 species of fish, and 16 types of sharks. Needless to say, Jack was euphoric.

 

After so much time together, each of us had naturally gravitated to a favorite go-to person when bored, though everyone enjoyed frequent chats with Lua. I would stop by the galley several times throughout the day to see what she was improvising for the next meal.

 

Bob and I stayed busy with a variety of minor maintenance and repair projects and answering questions from Jack and Julie about sailing, seamanship, boat building, and ocean navigation. Between chores, I entertained cast and crew with classic islandy tunes, including a Bob Marley medley that captured the buoyant spirit of those last few fabulous days at sea, chasing the sun, aboard mama Kalea.

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