On Day 6 we set sail from Troon to Greenock. Everyone was pretty much knackered from our long sail the night before when we sailed through the night. Stephen D and Stephen Mc volunteered for all the HARD sweating, Well done lads
It was another good day sailing, everyone enjoyed themselves and had a good time in the warm sun. The day went pretty slow considering the wind speed was sitting between 1 and 4 knots so we weren’t really going very far.
Colin and Stephen Mc’s Challenge carried on and it ended up 2-1 to Stephen Mc with loads of push ups and Tricep dips. For lunch yesterday we had Chilli Pasta and Garlic bread cooked by the skipper, the left over’s in the pot were eating by Bryan and Stephen Mc who had 3 bowls, you can tell it was rather good!
We had to toe the other boat from the middle of the sea all the way to Greenock, we were originally sailing for Largs, the place Tery wouldn’t shut up about because of there *AMAZING* showers, (Daniel, Stephen Mc, and Stephen D had showers in Troon which were amazing.) Tery was almost crying when he found out we weren’t docking at Largs .
When we docked at Greenock we took a stoat up town to the shops. For tea we had beef stew witch starboard made and port done the dishes, should have been the other way about because starboard can’t cook but anyway. We had a big chat later on in the night, everyone sat down and talked about the whole week, what they personally feel they have achieved and what they want to do when they get home. Must say though, the 3 Stephens on board are definitely the best at doing everything. From the whole cru.
By Stephen McNab & Stephen Donavan!
We got up and a few of us went for a walk around Cambletown, not a lot to see but Tery and Colin found a cracking little bake shop, with the smell of bacon butties with them the rest soon followed. We set off for Arran and had a smooth start and had lunch out in the open sea, the banter was good and everyone was on good spirits and the jokes soon came flooding, with skipper and Colin trying to outdo the other with jokes. It must be said that poor Skipper didn’t stand a chance with the high class of Jokes from the very handsome Colin.
After lunch the wind picked up and we hosted the sails and took off like a little speed demon! Steve Mc, was convinced we were going capsize and struggle to hold on! He disappeared for a moment but re-emerged with fresh trousers! Dillion was reunited with his brush after his fellow mates tied it to the mast! The harder the wind blow the harder Dillion brushes! (That’s one strong brush!)
After a brilliant sail and a lot of laughs we picked up speed and pushed the boat to the max! Great day!
Daniel made an amazing effort and managed to put the stay sail up by himself, he’s a little hero!
We anchored in a natural harbour for the night but due to high winds we moved across to Troon. This involved a night voyage, which all the guys have been wanting to do all week, cold but really exciting. Tery was at the helm for a while and all the guys reckoned that it was the straightest the boat has been all week! We arrived in Troon at midnight and went to bed! Great day, great night!
Tery & The very brave and handsome Colin
We got up at 6:30 am; the port side did breakfast because of Dylon putting up the cereal for breakfast, after eating we then got on deck to prep to get the boat ready to set sail.
The morning was rough some people where still tired on deck after we got the sail’s up about 2:30 or 3:00 pm the sun came out and we all cheered up and Steve “the skipper” put on some Scottish song like “ evil Scotsman “ and “ 500 mile” which cheer everyone up.
We then stared to bring the sail down and bring the fenders out ready to dock on the pontoon and after we got tea ready and we had chicken curry and to add that Steven blocked one of the toilets, we all went for a walk and came back for a game of cards and then we all when to bed.
We slept till 8:00 , the port side set up breakfast cereal for the morning’s breakfast, after eating until we could eat no more, we then got on to deck to start the morning preparations to got the boat ready to set sail. We all took sea sickness tablets to not be sick on the way from Strangford Lough to Bangor, and for once it actually worked, for all titanic fans , Matthews quote of the day was “I am Kate Winslet”.
For lunchtime, the skipper Steve cooked all the sausages for the hot dogs that were amazing. We got into Bangor, Northern Ireland around 5pm, we all showered and got cleanly dressed. We then had tea which was made by the best chefs on the boat on the port side. It was chilli. It wasn’t that spicy but could feel your throat tingle.
We all went for a walk round Bangor and even popped into the local supermarket which was ASDA to stock up on sweets and cakes. We all then had birthday cake because it was Douglas’s birthday on day 2. we all then went to bed and slept,
We got up at 6 and got the boat ready for sail. Then we left the docks and set sail for Bangor bay. We then hosted the sails after we got out of the channel. Then it got really wavy and some of us were sick they then went to sleep. We got to Strangford loch which is around the corner from Bangor bay and anchored the boat and got dinner about ten and then Beth gave us instructions of what to do for anchor watch.
We all then got different shifts which we were paired up and had to take watch for an hour and a half.
When we arrived the staff was very friendly and welcoming. We got told what every thing does and what they were called.
We got our stuff sorted out and had lunch and then we had some free time to get to know the staff and the other people that were taking part. We then put the front two sails on the lines ready for tomorrow then we had dinner and had free time then went to bed ready for tomorrow.