Today it rained all day but this didn't stop us experiencing the delights of Hoy island. Six people, including Jane, Sue and Mark from forward Port, went for a trip in an open topped sheep trailer! They got very wet but had a throughly good time! Nearly everyone else went to the museum which had lots of info, photos and artefacts to do with the Naval base at Scapa Flow, most importantly it was inside and had a shop and a cafe! There was also an interesting film shown inside on of the old fuel tanks, which had a very leaky roof! We set sail at 5pm to catch the tide and put up lots of sails as, amazing, the wind was behind us again! The 8pm to 12 midnight watch was exceedingly wet and windy, as usual the rain stopped when we came off watch!
Very exciting sailing, however we all survived and gratefully rolled (or climbed depending on which side of the ship it was on) into our bunks. The morning saw the ship still doing 10 knots and the rain had stopped. Steve gave an interesting talk on sail setting before lunch and then it was time to go on watch again.
Surprisingly this watch was mainly dry and we tried to keep up the speed, getting up to 11 knots, in order to get into the Firth of Forth before the forecasted gale force southerly arrived. Lets hope we make it.........!