After one of the most exciting short voyages of the season, the challenging force ten conditions proved to be more of an up and down episode for the new seamen. Consequently, attendance at the evening meal was abismal but those with their sea-legs were awarded apple crumble. Sails were up at 4pm and back down at 1am after a stupendous 9 hour sail with a maximum speed of 12 knots during a squall – thank god for Bosun John’s vigil attempt to push us off the wind whilst gusting 45-50 knots. We dropped anchor at 4.15am and got some well-earned rest.
Feeling refreshed, we did some assisted climbing and hung watch-leader Webster on the course port yard arm – what a brave soul! Job done, time for fairy cakes with a cherry in the middle. Onward to HM The Queen’s harbour in Pompey.