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19/08/12 - Lord Nelson
On Friday, 23:43 we crossed the finish line, with the fog horn sounding. There were quick celebrations, before everyone clambered into their beds, ready for another rocky night of sleep.
Woke up to see the Irish coastline, and amazingly a glimpse at civilisation. We had survived the bay of Biscay. We casually spent the day motoring up Waterford bay and anchoring to wait for the tide, all enjoying the flat sheltered water. We anchored up the river waiting for the tide to go back up. We spent a dustyafternoon sanding the rails of the boat and cleaning the rust off with toothbrushes . We then raised the anchor and set off on a journey up the River Suir into Waterford where we then tie d the ship up to a pontoon, as all the by-standers stood at the side of the river taking pictures of the ships. The crew then help set up the gangway so everyone could enter and exit the ship.
There was an announcement soon afterwards that shore leave had officially begun and everyone scurried to their cabins to get suited and booted for a night out in the City centre. Some went for a meal in their Watches and sampled the Cuisine and some sampled the local pubs, everyone returned to the ship after the pubs where we had a late night with guitars, songs and some bevereges.
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Sunday May 19th
This morning Dylan and his chair were hoisted up the mast by the a slightly limp crew from (Waterford celebrations last night). While on the mast he took advantage of the good phone signal to call his mum (who had inconveniently tried to call on his way up). She now knows to bring two tracksuit bottoms and two shirts when she visits the boat later today.
Alison Larkman On behalf of Aft Starboard watch