Leg 8 Day 7
Courtney: Today was rather unusual, after finishing our final shift we arrived in Falmouth but before docking we spent about an hour cleaning up the boat and tidying up on deck (i.e. Tucking in loose rope ). After arriving inFalmouthwe all went to the showers again and then went exploring the high street, looking for a nice café so we can buy lunch. Afterwards we moved the boat across the pier and arrived at the reception where people were able to look around the boat and ask questions, at first I found speaking to strangers slightly awkward but I soon settled and felt comfortable. I enjoyed the reception and the company of the others but I felt that I wasn’t used to big social events.
Interesting but kind of fun day today. Memories of Courtney’s deep moments from 4 in the morning shifts still fresh in mind, and thoughts of the fact we’re home tomorrow was enough to keep my spirits high for one day longer. We arrived inFalmouthat around 10 and had a last, proper clean up of the boat. We went and had a nice, warm shower, then wandered around town a bit. The town was small compared toSwansea, but it was nice all the same. And, they have damn nice pasties! The evening reception was… interesting, to say the least. I felt awkward talking to people, but I coped okay. We successfully gained our Competent Crew certificates, and we can now look forward to a good night’s sleep, and then the 6 hour road trip home. Mum, dad, Rhian and my own bedroom, here I come!
Today we finally made it toFalmouth. The day started on the last leg around lands end and then down toFalmouth. When we made it toFalmouthwe went for showers and then to the town centre for food. Finally we went to the event where we celebrated the one hundredth birthday of the Duet.
Continuing long shifts, we eventually made it toFalmouth. After showering in the docks we went to the yacht club where we were welcomed and congratulated for completing leg 8 of the journey aroundBritainon the 100 year old boat, the Duet. We were also given our competent crew awards.
The long shifts are over. I repeat, they are over. Yes, we are here, we are inFalmouth, finally! WE ARE FREE! Well, kind of. We still have to spend the night on the boat, then WE ARE FREE! We arrived inFalmouthearly hours this morning, had a shower and went around the town for food. When we got back we had photos and a Duet tee shirt then went to the yacht club for a reception where we were given our Comp Crew certificates and celebrated with other members of the club. Courtney and I had a wonderful time. I know. When the celebration finished, we went back to the boat, had food and played cards before having our last night on the boat. Thank you, Duet, Dawn and Paul, for this magnificent experience. I shall hold it with me forever.
Finally we have arrived after a long day of sailing toFalmouth. Once we arrived we sat down to debrief before going for a shower then off for a walk around the town we then came back to the boat to clean up before going to the reception which was very formal. We then came back to a meal of chilly and rice. Then we played a game of cards before getting ready to go to bed