A late finish from John F, Pete and Steve meant we were still on for a good days sailing on Tuesday. Until the gearbox decided to play up again that is! After getting decks ready, putting boat to bed, getting the decks ready and moving Tall Ships Cat in case we had to swap boat we were finally able to head out on the boat that the team deserve – a real ocean racing yacht!
I have to say that the team coped very maturely with the changes of plan, and disappointment and frustration they must have been feeling. They should be proud of the way they worked together and are a credit to their centre.
We sailed forYarmouthafter lunch arriving in time for showers ashore before dinner of fajiitas. Not sure what Wednesday will bring us weather wise – forecasts are starting to show more wind particularly in the gusts. I was hoping to take the crew round the bottom of the island, but maybe the weather Gods have other ideas.
Right enough waffle from the skipper, over to the crew.
John – Skipper
Today we arrived about one o’clock, we got on the boat while it was tipping down with rain. We got to meet the Skipper and crew and the Skipper spoke to us about the yacht and the trip. Then we sorted out our bunks which are actually quite lovely.
The teams were sorted out and we went around the yacht learning what things are, like how to use the loo properly. It was still raining! So we all got foul weather gear on and then we went up and got the yacht ready to leave.
We left Portsmouth, heading forIsle of Wight, it was a bit bumpy leaving and then the engine stopped!! So we had to put the sail up quickly and we came back toPortsmouth, it took a while and everyone was in a good mood apart from the wet rain. We sailed back onto the Pontoon with lots of people watching and they clapped when we got in. Showers and dinner, thanks to the watch leaders. A good day had by all.