A new day and a group of excited young guides woke up on board Lord Nelson from the Brownie sleepover. After washing and dressing they sat down to breakfast. After which they were introduced to part of the ships routine and helped to clean the ship. Some helped to clean toilets, change hand towels, scrub the decks polishing sweeping and various other tasks. After which it was time to change into their school uniforms then leave the ship to arrive in school later than their classmates.
Meanwhile the watchleaders were busy doing the breakfast dishes and then scrubbing out the vegetable locker. Even as a watch leader you aren’t always safe from doing a bit of mess duty. After smoko Steve the mate went through the watchleaders briefing with them.
In the afternoon the majority of voyage crew guiders arrived between 15.00 and 15.30, and were introduced to their watch leaders’ and shown to their bunks. All were on board and had signed on and collected wet weather gear and safety harnesses before Captain Barbara started to introduce the permanent crew at 16.00.
The voyage crew then were given the safety briefings, followed by an evacuation drill practice. Climbing harnesses were then tried on and adjusted to fit each individual. After dinner cooked by Dave assisted by Colin the cooks assistant, It was time for people to practice climbing aloft and also to take down the net topsail ready for the morning’s departure. Once back on deck, people were then free some went ashore others stayed chatting in the bar making new friends, before getting some rest before going on harbour watch during the night.,