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Tuesday 26th to Wednesday 27th August
Once we left our mooring outside Brixham we motored for a while until we got out of the calm within the bay. We then braced the yards and some of us climbed up and put the sails in their gear. 3 of Blue watch then went to the bridge to do lookout duty and steer the ship. The rest of us set the sails and trimmed them. We sailed out and then back towards Brixham. When we got back in the bay we anchored and we climbed up again and stowed the sails. In the evening we had an inter-watch ‘boat’ race with little wooden boats. The next day we all had to do the happy hour (cleaning hour) then 3 people went to the bridge to take us off anchor and away. Then everyone was called to their bracing stations to get the yards ready for sailing. Which was worth it as we because there was a brilliant wind! After that blue watch went to the bridge for their watch whilst everyone else relaxed. Then we had lunch, soup, pasties and beans, yum!
Blog by Blue Watch
Monday 25th to Tuesday 26th August
August weather? Thank goodness oilskins are provided, so the rain didn’t prevent our first climb up the rigging. For some of us this was quite a challenge but those on a second voyage were itching to go higher! High pressure learning to enable us to maintain safety was the order of the afternoon and then after a splendid supper it was time for fun and games in the mess and the start of the interwatch competition. There was a bit of a stir at bedtime as Bolan and Tom were reported missing, but they were soon found chatting on the forecastle unaware that everyone else had gone to bed!
After our training in the rain yesterday today was spent learning how to set the sails (in even heavier rain), we then put that knowledge into use as we sailed around Torbay. Light winds explained how the jelly fish overtook us and the swell explained Reuben’s reluctance to leave the side of the ship for a while. The thought of a card game in the mess soon sorted him out!
The challenger 1 yacht passed us later on that day and we all did a Mexican wave! Clive’s food is DELISH! Whilst we are writing this Georgia is talking about stew while wearing a nice apron with a stripy top and Bolan is mess man, wearing a beautiful striped pinny, but we mustn’t mock as it could be our turn next!!
Perhaps more wind later in the week, we are forming a crew capable of coping with anything that is thrown at us!!.
Blog by the Kington School crew.
Sunday 24th to Monday 25th August
Everything was going smoothly, we were in the middle of an intense game of ‘Toy Story Happy Families’ until we realised we had been stationary on the train for at least 20 minutes! It turned out there was a fault which could not be fixed so we were towed back to Birmingham. Thankfully, there was another train going to where we needed, unfortunately we only had 2 minutes to get on the next train. This was not helped when the escalator broke down whilst we were on it. When we first got on the new train it was very packed and we couldn’t find any seats. We asked the helpful train worker if he could find us some seats near each other, then the best thing happened… we got upgraded to first class! It was very nice and we got free biscuits and refreshments! Also we got free wi-fi and Oliver (being Oliver) paid for a coke even though he could have had one for free! We then went to the bus stop but because of an accident we had to walk to 4 different bus stops before we could get the bus. When we got to Brixham lots of our crew members that had already joined, met us at the bus stop and helped us carry our bags to the ship because of our long journey. It was very exciting once we got on the Stavros S Niarchos. We did lots of learning what to do if anything happens and got to know the rest of the people in our watch by playing the birthday game, learning silly things about people who had a birthday near to you. The next morning we got to go up the mast, climbing was PETRIFYING! And very windy. But really good fun. The food is very good we get pudding!
Blog by Keyworth Guides and Scouts.