Friday, March 11, 2011

Keeping Time

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On land, I never wore a watch.  Even when running or training for triathlon, I relied on Scott to tell me my splits or I just "felt" it.  I've never been a watch person.

Until now.  Which is really ironic seen as how we are now on something called "island time".  "Island time" is, essentially, the absence of time or (in the best case) "t" plus two hours.  That's just how we roll these days.

Despite this, I find myself looking at my watch half a dozen times a day and I can even pony up the time promptly when someone asks "What time is it?".  Something I could never do before.  I'm even beginning to get a watch tan line (something I am desperately trying to avoid by moving it up and down my wrist and wearing the face on the underside of my arm).

So, why the watch?

A wrist watch or good time keeping device is considered "essential" sailing gear by most.  You'd be surprised to know how many "schedules" we must adhere to.  Weather repots at 'x' hour, cruiser's nets at 'y' hour, a secondary weather report at 'z' hour, a scheduled radio call at another hour.  Then, when offshore, you must adhere to a strict watch schedule of three hours on and three hours off (or something similar).  In addition, we need to pay attention to how long we are running our water maker, how long we run the engine (although this one does have an anemometer), and how long I'm cooking in the pressure cooker.  None of this can be done without a time piece of some sort.

Finally, an accurate time piece is critical should we ever need to navigate without electronics and with our sextant (a dying art known as celestial navigation).  Taking a "site" requires the observer to know the time - exactly - down to the second.  An error of one second will put your position off by a quarter mile.  Pretty gnarly.

And so I wear a watch.  A fact I begrudge just a tad.  After all, didn't I kiss the "real world" goodbye when I stepped onto a boat and sailed into the sunset?

Apparently, even paradise has schedules!

Love,
Brittany & Scott

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

er....Brittany?

Can I get a look at your engine's anemometer ?

Just checking...

BC
SV Owe No

clubtrax said...

Britt-
That's one heck of a watch!! Do you wear it on your left or right wrist or around your neck?? Haven't read the blog in awhile...preoccupied w/landlubber stuff...lovz uze guys!! Scott....any good Yahtzee scores yet?? Take care, from UT!

Chels-pup said...

great post :). I don't wear a watch either. Probably because I have the time available on my super duper handy pocket-bot, also known as a cell phone.

i know island time well. i've managed to apply it to my daily life among the landlocked. its irritates most people - what with me showing up late all the time - but by setting low expectations among my friends It turns out to be a great surprise when i actually arrive somewhere on time, or the real shocker, when I'm early!

Lisa Hanneman said...

Of course you didn't need a watch at home... when you're sitting at a computer all day, you simply glance at the bottom corner for a time update or notice it all over your email. And when living connected to your phone, it becomes your watch.

Now I kind of miss wearing a watch... I know that's not what you were going for in this post, but I miss it all the same. And you.

xoxo.

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