My last stint on my boat
10/11/2007 - 10/11/2007 6 °C
woah, I have decided the Day Sails are fine if you never been sailing before, but a real let down if you have.
In fact, doing a day sail is a FANTASTIC introduction to the whole shindig. It really gives you a feel for the whole thing. Trouble is, they fit 2 days worth of training and another day of sailing into 8 hours, and trust me, it was WAY too short. But don't get me wrong. The perm crew keep you really busy what with safety briefings, drills, actually sailing, eating, photo opportunities and stuff. I had nearly forgotten how annoying it was to keep putting on and taking off oilies and harness or how weird it was trying to go to the loo on a moving vessel (i can never get used to that)
It was great fun. Because Natz and I had done it before we were allowed to help out a little more than anyone else (mainly going alfot) In fact, I went aloft more that I did on my last voyage. How crazy is that. And I found that I was able to handle the sails better. Like I was getting used to doing the whole process. It was just amazing fun. Sail handling was a piece of cake. Although I had to admit, when bracing, I was easing the sheet for the fore mast and I may have made a pigs ear out of it. Oh yeah, and when I got a chance go at the helm, I completely forgot how it works. My mind just went blank. It was awful. (don't worry, I got there in the end) Standing on that bridge was like being back home. I remember turning round after being on look out for a little while and thinking to myself wasn't it about time for watch change. I was just so comfortable, at home in my surroundings, I felt as if I had never left.
Matt, Nina and Dad seemed to be having fun too. Nina wants to go again, and Dad kept giving me those grins. The one where you just know he is having too much fun. Matt, well, we just couldn't stop Matt. He was just bouncing off the walls.
The weather was fabulous the whole day. A little chilly, but with a nice fresh wind and clear blue skies. In some of the pics, you could be mistaken for thinking they were taken in warmer climes. Sea sickness was never an issue which I was very grateful for, and although the wind was quite chilly, I was only wearing my crew shirt and oilie trousers. Hat, gloves and scarf not needed (much)
Ian the Chef was there too (YAY) and it was great to catch up with him and to eat some of the best damn food ever. Bacon sarnies, tinned leak and potato soup, beef burgers, cannelloni, cake.... yummy
Its just so amazing that we all did so much in only one day. I was completely knackered by the end of it, but I felt so good.
I have put up a few photos in this post, but there are a few more over at my web album found here
If you ever get the chance to sail on one of these ships, take it. You wont regret it. Trust me