Day Four – Ready for the last supper
The morning dawned bright and early, but once again the sun wasn’t shining, but at least it wasn’t tipping with rain (for the moment). For the first time, we had all 3 sails up. Using all the wind the weather could muster we quickly caught up with challenger 2.
First out of the port but not first to raise all the sails. Voices rang out between the 2 ships. Breaking into song we taunted them but although we had the momentum, we just couldn’t catch them and perform the ultimate embarrassment upon them – but then we did have a reef in and the No3 while they had full main and No2 to give them a chance. It was the closest we could manage.
And suddenly, we picked up speed, the waves calmed and the skies became clearer, so we pushed on. But now it was time for Lunch. Expectations were high after the previous days fantastic lunch, but sadly, Tony’s “tigers” had gone for a snooze, and decided to part-bake, make and serve very slowly, which left everyone desperate for grub. Anyway,we continued to sing to the other boats as we passed them, which they definitely liked.
Before long it was time for an incredible show of parking (again), before an incredible meal of beef curry, cooked by the entire team, and that’s where we are now.
Thomas Castle, Tiffany O’Neill, Maya Brien, James Gibbs, Jack Nielan, Rowan Kelly
At 7:30 Tony busted into the boys cabin and started playing a magnificent seafarers tune, which was much appreciated by the LADS, however the ladies were up an hour before.
After succulent well cooked bacon butties cooked by yours truly (HENRY AND JOSH), we set sail with the sun shining down on our watchleader and Skipper. But then the sky turned grey, everything came tumbling down. It did not rain, it poured! We were soaked to the bone!
Until this very moment, it’s still raining. After a lunch of pasties and baked beans, we then played with a helicopter which we thoroughly enjoyed but the sacrifice was a very small price to pay (chocolates). Henry and Tony then put together a succulent concoction of a vegetable chilli, and here we are now.
Henry Jack Hunt, Josh Cameron Baker, Emily Catherine Bird, Charlotte Mary Riley and Ghaydaa Hassan xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Also love Tony. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
Today was a very adventurous day, the sails got raised for the first time and the tides were a big battle, but our skipper was a very good driver and controlled the boat very well. He let very various people have a go at steering the yacht. Raising the sails proved difficult and some of the crew member’s sea sickness wasn’t helping!
Not naming any names…ROWAN ….. GIBBY….. HENRY but they controlled their sickness very well apart from Henry!!
After we approached the harbour, skipper parked very well as he always does, but he could not have done it without Lindsey’s fabulous legends, as Tony’s toes (they think it’s Tony’s Tigers!) got worn out far too quickly!
After a dinner cooked by Tiffany and Maya we sang to Tony with Eye of the Tiger, New York, & Who Let the Dogs Out!
Tiffany O’Neill, Maya Brien, James Gibbs, Jack Neilan, Rowan Kelly, Thomas Castle :-) :-) :-)
We set off at 9:16am from Blessed George Napier Roman Catholic School. One mini bus had the appalling entertainment conducted by Josh, Stan and Tom.
The other bus was saved from the torturous cacophony. We paused for a brief interval at the wonderful Newbury services, where we experienced the magnificence of Costa Coffee and Burger King.
At 13:07, we settled in the Portsmouth docks where our voyage awaited us. We were greeted by the one and only Tony (and John). We boarded the Challenger 1, the best in the business.
We were literally taught the gropes and ropes of how to run a brilliant vessel. We set off for Cowes of the Isle of Wight, if you didn’t know, cows were first found in Cowes, hence the name Cowes – the old English spelling.
We experienced the treacherous waves, it was unbearable! However, the sun came out and gave us hope, we persisted, until we lay eyes on the beautiful harbour of Cowes, where we docked, everyone was congratulated for the constant hard work.
After showers and a little casual time, then the Chinese was cooked by Lindsey! Apart from the vegetables which were diced with precision by tentative Tony! We took pleasure from the experience of sailing, I bet you look forward to hearing about what we are to experience tomorrow?
Henry Jack Hunt, Joshua Cameron Baker, Ghaydaa Hassan, Emily Catherine Bird, Charlotte Mary Riley and the BEAUTIFUL TONY!