Well, what to write?!?!? Where we left off last, people were laid out on deck and catching some of those beautiful Canaries sun rays. Well, whilst writing this it seems the total opposite!! Good old grey skies and intermittent rain, just like home!!!
So the story starts at around 18:00 with the mighty vessel Tenacious heading NNW towards Santa Cruz De Tenerife, which is known as 'the island of eternal spring'. There was an east north wind, the sails were out and the fresh sea breeze brushed across the deck. A large tanker was spotted crossing the bow at 14kts, which looked no where near as much fun as the Tenacious!!
At around 20:00 the sails were stored and the starboard engine was made ready as we prepared to turn northwards to complete the last leg of our passage to Tenerife. The night watches passed time by competing to see who could spot the most shooting stars; the winning watch spotting no less than an impressive 8, so well done to them!!
At around 10:00 after another impressive sunrise and equally impressive breakfast, the crew prepared to berth the ship. As ropes were sorted, cruise ships were spotted on the shore, tea was drunk and talk of a tour up the volcano commenced,the heavens suddenly burst open drenching the spirits of the crew!! None the less we battled bravely through the driving rain and at around 11:00, with smiles on faces, we berthed in Santa Cruz!!
As the crew stood on deck looking for whatever shelter possible, a crack was seen in the clouds as rays of sun came bursting through. Soon the rain had halted and an announcement was made that voyage photos would commence on the quayside. After many mug shots and cries of 'cheese' lunch was served; with of course cheese.
Once the crew had stuffed themselves on freshly baked bread buns and salads, they were informed that due to the cruise ships we spotted on the way in, the trip up the volcano would have to be cancelled. This however, still didn't stop any of Tenacious' determined crew. As some changed plans and headed for the souvenir shops and bars, others clambered into taxis and attempted to make the trip up the mountain.
Well, as I am on galley duty tomorrow morning I guess I'll be heading for an early night and will no doubt be regaled with stories of the night from the Tenacious crew who have been let loose upon the island of eternal spring!!!
But you'll have to wait for tomorrows instalment for that!!!
Good night and happy reading!!!
Fwd Port Watch, Cadet Marc Petty.