We set off from Poole at around 2030 hours last night. It was our watch that took the ship out of Poole harbour and down past Sandbanks and Brownsea Island. On setting off we had Sarah steering the ship with the Pilot giving directions. Sue is our watch leader and was making sure that everyone was doing their jobs correctly and given advice to those who didn't know what to do. Matt was the officer on watch at the time. He is also the Bosun of the ship teaching us about the sails. One of our watch crew members James was on the boat picking up the linesmen and bringing them aboard the ship Tenacious. Ceri, Joy, David and Richard were in charge of watching out for any ships that may get in the way of our voyage so that we could react and steer around them. We consisted of eight members doing a four shift from 2000 hours until 2359 hours when the next watch took over. During our four hour shift we all participated in steering the ship for up to 20 minutes each.The next morning we were taught about sweating (this is where you need to pull on the ropes to release the sails). Being a younger and more physically robust person on the ship, I did some sweating. After we had put the sails up and tied off all the ropes we then had a five minute coffee break before conducting Happy Hour. This did not invole drinking :(. Happy Hour is the name given for when you are cleaning the ship. This includes hoovering, mopping, cleaning the heads (toilets) and washing down the decks.
Cleaning of the ship is conducted for about an hour. We then had a another coffee break as there were 30 minutes before lunch. In this time we sang happy birthday to Andy and then had an early lunch as we were back on watch at 1230 hours until 1600 hours. We are now sailing to Waterford, good winds and nice weather.
Ceri (aft port watch)