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21/09/2008 - Tenacious
We joined the Tenacious yesterday, in Southampton,UK, under the most ideal conditions. Calm sea, blue sky and lots of sunshine! After practicing some evacuation drills, which included learning how to get a wheelchair-bound crew member up and out of the below decks, we had climbing practice. Each of us got fitted with a harness, then we all took turns climbing up the masts and onto the first platform. Next came the exciting part, as we all got to step out onto the yards. I think we all got a slight adrenaline rush as we stood on the rope and held onto the coiled sail from our lofty perches. This practice was fun for some, but for others it was a chance to overcome their fears and trust that the crew would be there to talk them through it all.
Last night we anchored i among several other ships and tankers just off the Isle of Wight. The crew members who were not scheduled to be on watch, then enjoyed some free time to hang out down below in the bar or on deck, to enjoy the brisk,fresh air. Most of us were very tired after the long journeys to get here and then the long day of working and learning about the ship. I expect the pub to get much livlier as the journey goes on!
We set sail just after breakfast this morning. And we have managed to hit 11 knots throughout the day. We are definitely rocking and many of the ship's duties have become more difficult with the heeling of the ship. Even Graham's gravy kept spilling off the sides of the plates due to the heeling!
This evening, Captain Barbara has ordered the braces to be squared and it seems that it has calmed down a bit and now we are ready for the pub once again.
Update By: Krista Johnson, Fwd Stbd