GG6 day 2 – Sam and Chessie reporting J
We have been here 24 hours – what a beauty the ship is!!! Some of us have been climbing the rigging, scrubbing the decks and bracing the sails!!!!
On the first night harbour watch with Chessie and Rachel (aft starboard) Hannah and Emma a dutch drunk man asked to come aboard and to look around the ship! Scary haha. We said “no” J and he ran away....
Getting ready to set sail at 2pm after lunch today!!! Can’t wait... sea sickness here we come. (I hope not – MP)
I would say we are missing everyone but far too busy enjoying ourselves :P No one has fallen in yet which is good as we are surrounded by jelly fish! Watch out for the next update when Chatham is far behind us.
I love you Marley
PS the ropes are very discombobulating.
Sam & Chessie
This is the report from Forward Port watch
It’s our second day on Nelly now and we are finally sailing down the Medway!!!
Chatham docks were....interesting!!! Emily and Dinah had a little ride in the Doti boat in the lock whilst the others helped with the fenders. We have also been aloft twice: once in the docks and once whilst moving! That was really scary, as the wind was a lot stronger. We had to let the sails down as well – a great experience! Ellie and Emily had to go on watch last night from 4 till 6 in the morning! Alice and Vici were on watch from 6 till 8 and hoisted up the Ensign (the flag, for those of you unacquainted with nautical terminology!). They had to take care that it was right at the top of the pole, because if it was at half mast it would’ve looked like someone had died! Alice enjoyed waking everyone up on time, but Nicola was on mess duty, so she didn’t have to do watches and got a full night’s sleep!
Forward Starboard watch: Alice (the other one!) I wont explain what we’ve been doing because you already know from the blog above.. maybe just fill in a few gaps from my side!!
It was great to finally get sailing after 24 hours in Chatham docks (quite enough time!). Sadly because of sailing on the river we couldn’t get the sails out. Then when we got out, the wind was not in the right direction...except if we wanted to go the opposite direction!! We’re heading to Kingsdown (i think!) where we will anchor down and stay for the night.
When we went onto the sails, I went all the way to the end! It was really cool and I really hope I get to go up again. We also learnt how to change the direction of the sails (brace the yards) and now my hands are a little bit sore because I didn’t bring gloves (silly me!) – (Good job the MP has spares!!)
Aye aye captin. Alice White (f/s)
I’m just getting ready for my watch from 8 till midnight.. our first watch of the trip. Hopefully we won’t have to navigate around a WW2 ship full of ammunition like one group did! Time to go put on lots of layers!