The Blog continues!
We first woke up and went to the showers (charged and timed us) but they were nice and refreshing. We had a breakfast of tasty bacon sandwiches (made by
little Chef Stewart.) After we had breakfast we rigged up the sails (Yankee and main.) We did a lot of tacking and gybing with ease heading our way to
Southampton to dock. And then terror struck…THE SAIL TORE.
The sail tore at around 1/2 of the way up, making most of the sail unusable, but we managed salvage some by taking the sail down to the third reefing point. We used the remaining sail to get our way to Southampton cheating a little by using the motor.
Once we were in the slightly sheltered waters near the port, we had to take the Yankee sail down, while at 20 degree angle, so it was tricky but we managed to
do it. We then had to take the main sail down (what was left of it) and to do that I had to climb a small way up the mast in fierce winds to unhitch
everything. Once it was down we tidied up above and below deck. After we had a presentation on distress, we relaxed. Some of us got to work on dinner, while
others relaxed. Dinner is almost ready and we are going to eat soon, but today was an overall exciting and exhilarating day with tonnes to do and
watch…Awkward Palm Tree
You may have seen “Awkward Palm Tree” in our last few blogs, this is something that came out of awkward turtle and became the new joke and kind of our mascot. It is used quite often on the boat and whenever it is used everyone laughs and takes part. Awkward Palm Tree also comes with a hand movement that is hard to describe, but you only need to ask one of the crew members to show you and all will be revealed.