Here we are again, bathed in glorious sunshine, and with freshly washed decks – courtesy of the overnight rain showers. We were treated to a lie in today, after the full on action of two very enjoyable day sails over the weekend. Both were full, and we had a mixture of all ages and abilities helping to set sails and steer the ship. The galley team kept energy levels constant with a stream of tasty food – many thanks to our wonderful volunteers, special thanks to Sandy for her delicious cakes – come back soon!!
Saturday night, was a cheese and wine party onboard, hosted by office staff, to thank the many local supporters of the JST, it was good to meet them and have a chat. We are always amazed by the hard work, and fundraising ideas that help to keep our ship afloat. Sunday evening was a happy hour to get ready for new crew joining, and a very enjoyable sea shanty singalong in a local pub .
Now, a new voyage crew are having afternoon smoko on deck, following introductions and briefings. We are Capt Neil, Mate Steve, 2nd Mate Ali, Bosun Lesley, Chief engineer Marco, 2nd engineer Alec, Supernummary Engineer Phil, Cookie Dave, Assistant John, BMs Sam, Nigel and Alan, and myself as MP (ships mum)
We have a party of young ladies from a school in Ireland, and a few new faces amongst the familiar, so much chatter going on, on deck. After the evacuation drill, there will be the first opportunity for those that wish, to climb the mast and learn how to untie the buntlins and clewes ready for sailing.
We plan to leave the berth at 18.00 and anchor in Weymouth bay. This will give everyone a chance to get together and relax after travelling.
So, look in again for updates by the crew.