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Thursday 16th April
After being woken at 7.30a.m for a quick breakfast of toast followed by bacon, fried egg and hashbrown which was delicious the rest of white watch and I headed out to the bow of the ship to flake the mooring lines ready to moor in Dartmouth harbour. After finishing that we had a little while free to play Uno with Red Watch and drink orange juice. Following our break, we were directed to the bow of the ship to set the sails. This was hard work and it was quite windy and cold as I wasn’t wearing quite enough layers but we soon warmed up. Task completed we were shown how the sails work and how to put them down. .By this time it was time for lunch of tomato soup with French bread followed by salad and jacket potato with any combination of cheese, baked beans or chilli. In the afternoon we arrived in Dartmouth where loads of people were there to meet us, helped by the lovely weather. After tea we are getting shore leave and are going to the local lifeboat station too.
Owen – White watch
Wednesday 15th April
Hey, I’m Rosie and I’m from Red Watch and at the start of today our watch had the 4-8am watch on the bridge, I can tell you that the experience of waking up, getting dressed and walking into a blast of freezing, dark night and staggering walking along the decks to get to the bridge is at on the top of my ‘I’ll do anything but this experience’, but… on a happier note, I would for sure make anyone toughen up and do it, for in the end you get to see one of the best sunrises you’ll get to see in a long time…because thankfully the fog lifted in time for that!
Rosie, Red Watch.
After our 4-8a.m. watch we had to get changed and go straight to breakfast. We had sausage, eggs and beans. It was delicious. After breakfast we had our ‘ Working Aloft on the Brig’ brief and then a practical session. Marcus and I both climbed out to the very end of the main coarse yard and put the sails into gear and then stowed them away for practice. We loved it up there. We had second sitting lunch and then we climbed out along the bowsprit and put up the sails on the front called headsails. Next we had our watch duty from 4-6pm followed by a ride in the fast RIB followed by tea, a team quiz and then the lights were turned to red below decks so we could all settle down to sleep for the night whilst the ship was at anchor.
Marcus and Caroline, Red Watch
Tuesday 14th April
With a torch flashed in my face, I was woken early for mess duty. Sinclair showed us how to lay tables for breakfast then we made sure we served everybody and they had enough to eat for the busy day ahead. Next we had to do ‘ Up and Over’ training where we climbed up the rigging right up to the first platform, which felt extremely high, although it was actually only around a third of the way up the 148ft mast. I was really scared throughout but relieved to have climbed all the way ‘up and over’ and got safely back on deck. Then it was time for lunch.
Esme – Blue Watch
After lunch we had to prepare to depart port with different crew members taking different stations. We took a pilot on board to get us through the lock into the Bristol Channel and waved goodbye to Cardiff Bay. As it was lunchtime for the general public there were lots of people who were waiting around to see us off and even people waving from their balconies in the new apartment blocks. It was to be a long afternoon, evening and night, for the crews on deck as the wind was against us so we could not sail but had to motor. The Voyage Crew are keeping watches overnight but at least they get the chance to get a rest, warm in their bunks ready for their duties throughout the night.
Sue – Youth Mentor
First day on board
We arrived at Cardiff. I stepped out and walked to the tall ship. We were escorted to our cabins by smiling volunteers. We stared into the cabins with happiness and we were escorted to the mess-room for a meeting. The captain introduced himself and the crew. They are very caring. Fliss and Kim talked to us about the ship and what we want to achieve. They are both lovely and want to look after us. We then went and checked in with the Captain.
James – White Watch
Later we were split into our watches and white watch learnt helmsmanship so that we could steer the ship. We practised using the compass and responding to and confirming the commands given by the officer on the bridge. Then we practised fitting our harnesses before tea, which was chilli con carne with rice followed by sponge and custard. After a short quiz in our watches which turned from ‘Stop the Bus’ into ‘Stop the Boat’ some of us went on deck , before we all eventually settled down to sleep in our berths.
Cameron and Josh – White Watch