Bergen: The day dawned grey and wet, it was raining. I arrived on the ship at 08.15 just in time to run happy hour and get the voyage crew who were leaving to clean the ship. A busy morning followed washing bedding and getting bunks hoovered, ready for the joining crew. Eventually I managed to unpack. At one point we had 24 little visitors from a kindergaten looking round the ship, some voyage crew stayed on to help not wanting to explore Bergen in the rain.
New voyage crew started arring from 10.30 on wards the majority joined between 13.30 and 16.00. so after signing on and dishing out oilskins and welly boots it was time to crack on with the training. Being Tallships Race and having a designated departure time for Tuesday morning, the training was slightly topsyturvy. This was also due to 5 people still to arrive, so we started with practising an evacuation drill, as the evac parties were here.
This involed introducing the voyage crew to the block and tackle system used to evacuate wheelchairs up the stairs. On land people would be wondering how to evacuate wheelchairs down the stairs !1 Being at sea has its own rules.
Training and introduction of the permanent crew continued after dinner.
Then it was free time some wandered ashore, others relaxed in the bar. Lots of other Tall ships can be seen Stavros is in the same basin as us, Gallant, Royalist and Mir all very close by lots of others can be seen. Some crew visited from other vessels.
Update By: Jo Hicks Medical Purser