Santa Catalina, Las Palmas, Grand Canaria.
We are alongside safely, with 1852 nautical miles notched up in our log books. The voyage chart that Ali 2nd Mate created, was auctioned on deck while we enjoyed a sundown punch, last evening, and we were happy to see it go home with James, who has been great fun on the voyage. Like many others he is into double figures for voyages now, and is planning a Tallships Race one next.
There have been some strong friendships formed, and it was great to see the improving team work as the voyage progressed.
Graham has been working non stop to provide us with amazing meals three times a day, produced whist being bounced around the galley on many occasions! The aerobics effect of maintaining balance at sea still hasn’t been enough to combat the calories of fresh cakes, pancakes, cookies etc…..so a lot of going home clothes appeared to have shrunk – nothing to do with my laundry service !
We arrived here as the Atlantic Rally Crossing was setting off, which was an amazing sight as all the sails were brightly coloured in the sun, against a very blue sky. We were glad that we were going into port, rather than out though, as it has been a busy three weeks of sail handling, navigation, watch keeping etc and the beach was beckoning !
Captain Simon did the debrief this morning, and there were lots of positive comments, which is always good to hear.
So, the ship is a lot quieter now, as most of the voyage crew are on their way home to the UK, Poland, and Germany. Some have a few extra days in the Canaries to enjoy relaxing in the sun, and several stalwarts are here with us for a maintenance period . Karen is sorting out the linen and laundry state beautifully, with Bea as assistant. Today is a half day, and many are off for a swim, others for a snooze, and the routine kicks in tomorrow.
So, hope you all got home safely, and that we meet again on other voyages soon !
Where are my sunglasses, and towel……..? Adios amigos
PS Jim- your shorts will be in the post !