Left the calm of the mother bank fueled by Chef Dave’s enormous fry ups and cakes. After a bit of training with Lesley, we are sweating and tailing like pro’s to make the yards swing round (bracing). Freshly made white chocolate cookies and bread pudding help us pull the sheets tight when it’s time to set the sails. The ship looks magnificent with square sails and staysails set, and we head west past the Needles and Bournemouth Beach. The overcast channel lulls us into a false sense of security with a sudden wind shift and squall, its all hands on deck to brace and haul sheets, we make fast and within minutes are sailing straight for Cherbourg.
Weather has been unpredictable, with the winds varying in strength and direction, making choice of route difficult. We are now heading for Cherbourg with ETA sometime tomorrow morning. Wind and rain has kept us busy with the sails, but we have enjoyed the hard work. Wind has been up to 25 knots today, with some sudden shifts in direction. We are now leaving the Jurrasic coastline behind us with a rainbow over the mainland as we head out into the channel (searching for the sun!). Time to get some sleep before our next watch at , fingers crossed for clear skies and little rain.