Leg 8 Days 5/6
Yesterday we started our 4 hour shifts, which meant waking up at 2:45am and getting our beds clear, putting our bags stowed away and getting breakfast ready by 4 am. As you can imagine, this was extremely difficult and I had to drag myself out of my comfy bed and out onto the freezing deck. The four hours went by very slowly and I spent my time either watching out for buoys or helming, both of these jobs seemed to make me sleepy and when our shift was over, we slept for about 2 hours if we didn’t have any cleaning or cooking to do. By the time our third shift was over, we were approaching Lizards point and within about 10 hours we would reach Falmouth, at long last! I can’t wait until we finally get there; I really want to get back on land ASAP. During one of the early morning watch we saw dolphins and a seal! The dolphins leaped out of the water right next to the boat and it was so cool! But I STILL think British dolphins look like mushrooms
Today we started our four hour shifts. We woke up at four to get the boat ready to go and when we were off, my group, Josh L and Luke, went back downstairs and back to sleep. Our shifts consisted of watching and helming, and sometimes other things, and then sleeping and cooking when we were off. Unfortunately for me, I was ill. Not seasick, but my IBS was playing up and made me very ill. I powered on as much as I could but I was still very weak. Seeing dolphins, seals, whales and the beautiful lights and stars made things a little bit better, but sleep was overpowering everything. Off shifts went extremely quickly, as for on shifts, they lasted forever.
We started our 4 hour shifts today, which I wouldn’t advise anyone to do. After hoisting the mainsail, foresail, jib, topsail and mizzen, my watch group went below deck to catch up on sleep. When the watch group is above deck, we take half hour shifts helming the Duet, with the rest of our time on watch for buoys. Below deck we were cooking and cleaning. The first four hours of the day were the easiest; the rest of the day was tough because we didn’t get much sleep.
4 hour shifts started today. I hate getting up early, so I was not amused to say the least! Not much really went on. We did our work on deck, ate and slept all day. Nothing much too it. Although there were a load of dolphins swimming beside the boat, so that was amazing! The weather was amazing. Warm, bright, and the sea was calm. I caught a small sun burn on my face, and the back of my right hand. Not both my hands, but my right hand. It’s annoying, kind of sore, but I shall survive! Not much to say here as today was boring. Home in 2 days. Cannot wait!
We had a very early start we had to be up and ready by 4am to begin are journey down to Falmouth Jessica josh l and I were in 1 group for watch so lucky we got to go back to sleep we then had to get up by 7 to start making breakfast for 8. We then change over for our long 4 hour shift it was a lovely sunny day and we got to see lots of dolphins and even a whale.
Today we began the long journey from our anchorage in Milford haven to Lands end. We were split in to two watches consisting of me Lauren and Courtney, and Josh Luke and Jess. Both watches had to do four hour shifts, four hours on deck and four hours below deck where you would cook, clean and sleep. This was quite a long day as the shifts on deck took ages, while the shifts below deck seemed to fly by. It was worth it though as we finally got to go see lands end towards the end of the day
Today was quite easy; there was still work to be done but not as much as usual. Dawn taught us how to play an aggressive game called “spoons”, Josh had about 3 heart attacks as everyone scrambled around, trying to snatch a spoon from the table. As usual Dawn was extremely competitive but unfortunately, she lost to Luke, so he might not make it out of this boat alive. Fingers crossed!
Today was interesting… after cereal, Dawn taught us to play a game. A game of serious concentration and determination… a game called “spoons.” The other Josh got a surprise when we dived to the table to get the spoons. You still alive? Haha.
Today was fun, full of games. Dawn taught us a very tense game called Spoons. It was very luxury and petrifying at the same time, and I came second! I shall be teaching everyone how to play it when I get home. We also played games that Phil (Mr Lee) brought; some line game that was very confusing and I lose, so I didn’t like that one, and then a game called ‘who’s in the bag’. That was good, you had to pick out a card with a person’s name on it and describe/act out that person to your team. I think my team lost that but I didn’t really care, it was fun. After that, we played chase the ace, which again I did not win. Later on, Dawn and Paul taught us some knots which I thought I done well. Finally, we went sailing, anchoring down just out of the Milford Haven marina, and off to bed to get up at 3am, ready to start the big sail to Falmouth tomorrow.
Kind of a lazy day today. We cleaned a little, made food… spent most of the day chilling and playing games. The first game we played after breakfast was by far the best, most amusing game I have ever played! Dawn taught us how to play and mentioned how she doesn’t like to lose. The game was called ‘spoons’. I’ll be forever explaining via blog how to play, so it’s whatever. But it was a fun game, and Josh Stock had a minimum of 3 heart attacks whilst playing due to the object of the game to be to grab a spoon to stay in the game. You still alive Stocko? Lol. We played games that Mr. Lee (Phil) brought too. But they weren’t as good as ‘spoons’. Although playing ‘Chase the Ace’ was amusing because we were all determined to make Mr. Lee loose! Haha. Um. Not much else happened. Dawn and Paul taught us how to do a few knots, most of which I forget the names of, but we were taught how to do it. Later in the evening, we set off again, anchoring down just outside Milford Haven marina. We had an early night in order to be up at 3 in the morning to start our 4 hour shifts to get to Falmouth. Yay, early starts! (Please, note my sarcasm!) Cannot wait to get to Falmouth. 3 days to go, then I can go home!
Today was a very relaxed day. After breakfast we played a game of spoons before we set sail to the edge of the coastline in Milford haven where we anchored down for the rest of the day. We also played a game of tantrix and guess who’s in the bag. We then played a game of chase the ace which I beat Phil by 1 point but lost to josh right at the end we then sat down to a nice meal before we finally went to sleep
We started the day in Milford haven where we were anchored. It was a fairly lazy day, as we spent most of the day playing games like spoons and chase the ace, and cleaning the boat. Then after this fairly quiet day we went to bed.