Ooo arrrrh me hearties!
Eight sick-bags later and the discovery that ginger biscuits and black tea taste great on the way up! – I emerged to find it was well worth while. The beauty of being at sea is a gift I won’t forget.
Mess duty was on my watch card today – cutting veggies, washing up and chatting to voyage crew as they nipped in for a brew was great fun. Just before lunch there was a scurry of activity with all hands on deck. The yards (horizontal beams on the mast) were hoisted and the sails were set. As I popped my head out of the door I was met by an amazing sight of Lord Nelson in her full glory – The sails magnificent in the wind.
After a late lunch around three-ish, the crew practiced their man-overboard drill, sending Go-Ape Jo scooting up the mast to locate the man-overboard dummy. I’d like to point out at this stage that No dummies were hurt in this exercise.
Watch duty was at four pm for Harry’s A-team. Emma was on the helm, and then dropped anchor at five thirty (ish) with a thundering crash. We were anchored off Margate for a calmer night whoop whoop! Once the anchor was down the buzz went round the crew that sundowners were to be served on the bridge generously supplied by the engineering department. When I asked what they were I was told it was the gunk from the bottom of the engine teeheehee. It was a rum punch served by our lovely engineer Rachel. With high spirits after a long day we were greeted by yet another great yummy dinner.
That evening the captain gave a very interesting and informative talk on our location and its history.
I welcomed my bunk! Ahhhhhhhh but only till three thirty.