Amazingly it is the last night of this very short voyage. As I write, the sun is shining and the sea is blue, and all the voyage crew are handling sail as we head to our anchorage off Portland Bill. Last night was very peaceful as we sailed along in pleasant conditions, with just the waves to lull us to sleep. It was early nights all round, as it had been a busy day – assisted climbs saw Jon, Stephen, Hannah and others pushed outside their comfort zone as they gave their all to climb the rigging… amidst much cheering from those on deck who applauded their tenacity. The bar resembled the reading room in an exclusive gentlemans club, so it was soon duvet time for everyone.
A few crew succumbed to mal de mer yesterday, and missed the delicious roast lamb dinner, followed by cinnamon pear sponge and custard. Happily, by lunchtime today, we are a 100% well crew and pasties and spicy soup set everyone up for the afternoon. Well done to the mess team for their speedy service and clearing up… a race to lay towels on deck maybe ?
There are plenty of crew sporting JST rugby shirts and such like following retail therapy last night, and after lunch today, this week was warm jacket demand… but now we may need the baseball caps again.
We are looking forward to a stern platform BBQ tonight, hosted by the Engineers, Marco and Alec… with a galley input from Dave and John. Just as we get to know everyone it is the farewell party! However , plenty are already vowing to return again and some... Tilly, Tony and Kiwi Tony, are with us for the daysails and the next voyage, which is great.
We say goodbye in Weymouth tomorrow, and look forward to meeting again.