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PW 401 Tuesday

sunny 4 °C

Tuesady dawned early for me. 3am to be exact. I just wasnt tired anymore and I was really exited. I eventually got up and 4am. I knew Matt was officer of the watch, so I got up and went to the chart room. He was late. But it was good. Raining slightly. We watched Pirates of the Caribbean 2, although we had to have the sound almost off because the Captins cabin is right next door, across a very thin wall.

I was messmen for breakfast, so at 6am I walked down to the mess and helped set everything up. That was a lot of fun, but also a lot of washing up. It never seemed to end.... well, at around 9 it did. (Half way through happy hour to be precise.... yay for me)

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Carl as Messman (note the washing up part)

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After, we practiced bracing the sails (moving the yard to different angles to better ctach the wind) I was easing the Upper Topsail. Unfortunatly the ropes had stretched andthe marks were no longer in the right place, which ment a lot of wait while new markers were put in the correct places.
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After that we had a watch. I forget when, and somethime during the day (around lunch time) we set the sails. Now I do know that white watch we on watch after we set sail, but that was a lot of fun
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and this is Natalie and Matt at the Helm
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There unfortunatly was not a lot of wind, and we only managed 3knots over the 6 hours we had them up, but sails are the best way to go.

The next time we were on watch was 8-12 in the evening. That was when the wind died and we had to stow the sails. Climing and stoing sails in the dark at night is a real experiance. And a lot of hard work. There were only 4 of us to do the upper and lower topsail. And after strugling with the upper I couldnt physically do the lower (which left poor matt doing it all by himself.... and do it he did. Darn tall people)

The rest of the watch passed with out event (apart from bombarding Care Bear (John, 3rd officer) with questions. (it was really cold, and I wanted to be in the chart room) The amount of stars visible was amazing. No clouds meant every star was seen. The milky way is fantastic. I have never seen it before like that. Plus, it was the first time I have ever found the north star. (Ellen showed me)

Since I had been awake since 3 that morning I slept like a log.

Posted by PirateDani 06:04 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged boating

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