Well, the Australians have once again got their hands on the blog- this evenings distraction of beer and wine are not cold enough or not particularly strong. Celebration has broken out on board. We've reached our anchorage this evening and we certainly feel like we've accomplished something- over 2000 nautical miles in some pretty adverse conditions really feels good.
Morning watch (4am to 8am) this morning was a great start to the day as light broke through along the English coastline. With the permission of the Captain, Arjun and Ed flew the Australian flag off the foremast for our trip up the Western Approaches.
Having rarely seen land these last 21 days, the scenic trip through the Needles and up the Solent brought a welcoming end to our travels. Most of us have spent our Easter Sunday pulling sails down and conducting some pre departure maintenance. With a mood of accomplishment and celebration, there's an accompanying feeling of sadness -we leave the ship in a little under two days, and we've all had experiences and met people we will not forget. Clive, if you are reading this we all miss you and wish you were here.
Tomorrow is another day, and the first decent break since the Azores. Most of us will be out and about on the Isle of Wight. If you see two poorly shaven, poorly dressed and exhausted Aussie lads, don't forget to say g'day.
Edward Farrell & Arjun Bisen