We certainly had a most interesting and fast passage across to Brest. The wind freshened throughout the night, accompanied by rain and a rising sea.
However, at least the temperature climbed, making watchkeeping less cold.
The night watches persevered and showed great stamina and good humour as the sea and wind raged around them and the rain lashed their faces. The Upper Mess was in constant use and the whole experience a test of our waterproofs, as well as our resilience.
During breakfast, we turned for Brest and took on the pilot at about 1030.
As we made our way up harbour, gun salutes were heard, marking Armistice Day. We came alongside quite near some shops and cafes and, once we were secured and the gangway set up, a very welcome lunch followed. Then it was time for those who wished to have a run ashore, some to do a recce for this evening's venues for dinner. We are likely to remain weatherbound in Brest until at least Saturday.