The afternoon was open ship, which meant that most of the crew found something to do in Belfast, including a visit to the giants causeway. During open ship local camera crews came on board to film the ship. in the evening the permanent crew went to the permanent crew party and everyone else enjoyed last evening in Belfast. Sunday started with taking down the dress flags and the JST banner. This involved a lot of people climbing the rigging (some to the top of the masts) and hanging from the yards. We then waited as we watched the other ships in front of us sail out of Belfast, an impressive sight including lots of people and ships. We left last and were escorted by a large number of smaller boats. These became targets for a waterbombs (launched using a catapult). This resulted in all those on Tenacious becoming wet as waterbombs burst and the targets rarely being hit. As we left Belfast we passed the mayor and greeted them with a mexican wave which was decided to be more appropriate than a waterbomb. Our skill at a mexican wave was about as good as the aim of the waterbombs, shocking. The next hour was spent waiting for the wind to change so that the yards could be braced.
Having done this our course was set to continue for the rest of the night with a view of the Irish coast on one side and the Scottish on the other.
Helen, Fwd Port