We did raise some small fore and aft sails, however, they have been brought down again due to the wind direction. With our current speed and direction, we should be in St. Malo by 6pm, French time.
Once we started on our way this morning, Captain Barbara, thought it was a good idea to "tidy up" the sails and get them properly stored upon the masts. So with that announcement, the "climbing enthusiasts" and those who were feeling brave, donned their harnesses and got ready to go aloft. We had enough crew members go up so that we were able to do the top sails on both masts at the same time. Those of us who were not feeling like going up the masts, stayed on deck to help with the rope pulling. Of course, there is always plenty of that! I think I'll be pulling on ropes in my sleep when I get home to the States!
With all that done, there was still the fun of "Happy Hour"! Half the crew went on deck to clean and scrub floors, railings and all surfaces. The other half went down below to clean the heads (restrooms) and the entire lower deck. We missed happy hour yesterday since we all opted to go ashore to visit Ile de Braehar and all the local shops and restaurants. We had a great time and to tell you the truth, we really didn't miss Happy Hour at all!
While my team was on the afternoon watch (12-4), we heard a "Mayday" call from a French sailor who was sinking off the coast of St. Malo. His vessel was taking on water after hitting some rocks. Thankfully, there was a yacht nearby to call in the Mayday and the French Coast Guard were on their way to rescue him. Our French crewmember, Jesse, translated the information to all of us. It's so awesome to have an international crew!
Salut from off the coast of France! Today's heros include the French Coast Guard members who saved the wet sailor!
Krista Johnson Aft Starboard