On the first day we arrived at Mosslands for 7am. We had a four hour journey upto Cardiff where we got on the Stavros. When we got there we were put into our watches. I was put into Blue watch.
Once we boarded the boat and were shown our rooms, we started training with our watches. With our watches we learnt about the ropes, how to drive the boat and safety drills.
In the evening we were allowed off the boat and into Cardiff for a last look around and to buy or get anything before we set sail.
On the second day we moved from our starting port in Cardiff to the second port. We sailed/motored out from the main port of Cardiff, underneath the bridge to the docking area.
While this was going on at the front of the boat, we were sorting the ropes out for the second docking point. But before we reached this we had to circle around and find the right angle to get under the bridge – this was made more difficult by the strong winds.
When we had reached the second port, the ropes were thrown over to be tied up and tightened, so we could remain in the same place overnight, before sailing across the Irish Sea.
On the third day we woke up on rough waves and more than half of the watch felt sick. Our shift was 12am to 4pm and only five of us were able to do the watch. As we were doing our watch, people were being sick, but I was fine.
On that day the breakfast, lunch and dinner was good and filling. Near the end of the day everywhere smelt of sick and more than half of the people on the boat were ill and couldn’t do anything.
We also had to put the sales up with a less amount of people, and then down with more people than what we had.
Overall day three was a great experience of what life is like on rough seas.