Day 3 of our voyage North to Dublin's fair city has been a gentle glide under full sail towards the North Wales coast where we were due for tour of the area from the watery side. The easterly breeze prevented us making any sighting of He Nhadau (ie Land of my Fathers).
We have a stowaway who is not sure whether to jump ship or stay with us until we reach Dublin. There is speculation that it is a Flycatcher, but we lack a real ‘twitcher’ to positively identify it. It is very camera shy. It added to the work of the Port watches by leaving deposits to clear from the deck.
Diarmuid and Loic made it to the top of the foremast yesterday, and today David has been assisting permanent crew in running repairs to the upper topsail.
The Welsh Dolphins have been very interested in our progress giving us a wonderful display of seamanship. Last night the Captain of the Isle of Inishmore outbound Rosslare for Pembroke paid us a very nice compliment in how beautiful we looked against the backdrop of the crimson sunset.
Meantime TNS251 is in very good heart looking forward to a run ashore and craic in Dublin also looking forward to meeting up with Nellie and other Tall ships in Dublin for a Maritime festival.
David WL FWD S