Hello it’s Ebony and Amy here from Aft Port watch. After a lovely evening ashore a beautiful day dawned. Before we departed Fowey we had to detach ourselves from the buoys, one forward and one aft, which kept us safely moored overnight. Once we were clear of the harbour entrance we set the Staysails and the Outer Jib so that we could start our journey towards the lizard. Laura is currently helming (steering) us close to a huge tanker. ONLY JOKING we are on course, its fineJ. The sun is shining and the wind is in our hair and it’s the first time we have been able to wear our sunglasses and sun bathe after happy hour. Lunch was soooo good (thanks Alan) bet you’re all jealous we had homemade pizza and chips Yum. OMG Amy just almost lost her water bottle to the fish because she was too busy writing the blog
Shortly after Amy rescued her water bottle our watch leader Sue’s hat was whisked away by the wind and we now have a cap overboard situation!! Unfortunately we have had to give the fish an early Christmas present because we are unable to rescue the precious hat
Miss you all (although the ship is AMAZING)
Amy, Ebony & the rest of Aft Port xxxxxxxxxxx
Hi, well it’s nearly one o’clock in the morning and we are currently heading north having gone round Lands End about 4 hours ago, we got to the north end of the traffic separation scheme at midnight and we rolled for 5 hours whilst in the scheme. Today has been brilliant; we have had about 20 knots of wind from the East – and first thing this morning we set all the square sails. This afternoon the mate Neil gave us a second sail setting talk, explaining the different parts of the sail (foot, head, leech, luff etc) and how we go about setting them depending on conditions. That talk really helped us to make sense of why we pull certain ropes at different times and so tomorrow we will all know exactly what we are doing!
I have been informed that the watch who were on previously saw fireworks off Lands End which was quite exciting, especially as we have had some pretty rubbish weather. I am pleased to report that the weather has improved over the last few days and seeing some sunshine has definitely improved people’s spirits!
As a final note, we are looking forward to our ‘chart room tour’ from second mate Jon at about 2am – this should be interesting as we can find out about the radar and GPS and using the more traditional charts. While we are on the subject of lovely Jon, he does like to tell us some tall tales, which include how he got married in Vegas and recently attended priest school. If I find out any more in the meantime, I shall be sure to tell you know...
Over and out, Aft Port watch x