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17/09/2008 - Tenacious
After a very pleasant passage up The Seine, we came alongside the picturesque Fench Port of Caudebec. We were greeted by the Mayor and local dignitaries, as well as many locals who gathered to appreciate the beautiful ship. Trying to get everybody together for the crew photo proved challenging, but we got there in the end. Then we were free! All went off on their own adventures.
After a very pleasant wander around the town (useing our limited French), we stopped to appreciate our pretty surroundings avec beer.
Reconvening as a watch (plus interlopers!), we all headed out to sample the local cuisine. After one of our watch used Michelin Guide insider knowledge to point us in the direction of The White Horse (or Flashing Poodle), it appeared our journey was wasted, as they claimed to have no space (did not like the cut of our jib). All was not lost, as despite several failed attempts, we managed to settle into The Two Rivers, alongside another watch. Here we sampled the local fayre, including several carafes of the local wine! The more sensible members of the watch, retired to their cabins to rejuvenate for the next day's duties, whilst others decided to further investigate what the local Town's bars had to offer. Two of the watch were tasked with Harbour Watch from ten until midnight, which passed without any major incidents. Having risen to yet another substantial breakfast, it was time for the assisted climb. This gave the opportunity to those members of the crew in wheelchairs or in need of one to one help, to go aloft. Even those who had been adamant not to go up, found this a thoroughly rewarding experience and crew pulling the ropes also enjoyed watching them. Smoko at ten meant yet more food, after which the French pilot boarded to help us travel back down the Seine. After departing the port we enjoyed yet more food and several hours of sunshine and hilarity (and tea) during our watch. One of our watch went aloft in order to help overhaul the buntlines to prepare to set sail...
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