Still alongside in Falmouth this morning waiting for the winds to decrease, we had the opportunity to practice our bracing drills. So the yards went this -a-way and then that-a-way while we learned to sweat and tail and we started to feel like sailors.
After a lovely lunch on deck from Gerry the Cook, we finally slipped from our berth and headed on out of Falmouth. Soon some people weren’t feeling like sailors and the sea sickness casualty list claimed its first victim. Now it was the boat that was going this-a-way and that-a-way, rolling with the swell.
Barbara’s initial plan (thrice amended already!) had been to whistle round to Mount’s bay by tea time and have a night at anchor but at the time of writing this, 2nd sitting dinner is being served and we are still sailing, Yes sailing! The motors are off and we have set the topsails, fore course and main t’gallant as well as the fore and afts.
The Lizard lighthouse is merrily flashing away on the starboard beam and we have time to take stock of today’s achievements: the introduction of happy hour and the resulting clean ship and the clean get away out to the open sea (well the English Channel) We have started the first of the hard work, setting sails and will only hand them when Barbara’s next plan comes into fruition. So let’s be off to our next watch and see you tomorrow!
Rachel W/L Fwd Starboard.