Day 3's report comes all the way from the healed up Aft-Starboard Watch. We have completed our 4am to 8am Watch, briefly seeing the sun come up before it was to be hidden for the rest of the day by relatively dense cloud. So by midday the motley crew is 85 miles into the race and 197 miles from the fair port of Gdynia which had given us a raring send off. We've got our hands stuck in to our first happy hour of the trip which brings good old Nelly to a bright and sparkling shine followed by the obligatory "Smoko" which is always one to raise the sugar spirits of the crew at midmorning with biscuits, cake if you're lucky and it's your birthday and coffee along all the usual wet warm liquids of choice. After lunch we are given a further briefing over the sail settings of Lord Nelson and the ropes we have been so energetically hauling on become even clearer to us by the well versed instruction of Mate Steve.
By 6pm it is time for us to return to our watch after a brief nap and see the ship through safety through until 8pm. Given this 2 hour period and our imaginative watch, come 6pm we have renamed ourselves the Walton Watch - predominantly blamed on the newly named Liz-Anne and Georgie-Girl who took the double name tagging of one of their watch members, John a little further to the point that each member of the watch must also be double barreled along the lines of the Walton Family . By six o'clock the entire A/S Watch, or should I say "Walton Watch" went by the names of: John-John, Becky-Boo, Andy-Boy, Raven-Dave, Jaffa-Kay, Big-Drew (later to be renamed Eagle Eye for his mighty fine ship spotting abilities) Liz-Anne and Georgie-Girl. The attempts to convert the rest of the three watches to The Brady Bunch, Swallows and Aazons and The Famous Five - Extended is yet to be seen but with 6 days to go nothing is impossible. Please send suggestions on the back of a post card for the new Permanent Crew name(s).
Aft-Starboard / Walton Watch signing out.