Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 - No Comments »
Today was our day off!
We all dispersed and did a variety of activities – some choosing to hit the duty free shops whilst others enjoyed sightseeing on the island. Bill cooked a fabulous meal for us all – rice and beef in burgundy wine and stuffed peppers for the veggies on board – which was ready for 6.0p.m. We all managed to get back on time with the exception of a few (they know who they are!!)
Everyone stayed onboard for the evening as access to St Peter Port was by dingy only. However, a few managed to negotiate a lift ashore to rehydrate (again, they know who they are)! A couple of the female crew, namely Mandy and Shaista, didn’t miss the opportunity to acquaint themselves with a pair of very rich sailors who were in a million pound yacht en route to the Caribbean for the winter months – we tried to persuade the Skipper to change his course but he refused to entertain the idea!
The crew that stayed behind enjoyed playing cards and ‘singing’ – there are photos and video footage to illustrate their talents!!
Shaista and Mandy
After a good French breakfast, showers and some essential housekeeping we left Cherbourg at 11.58 a.m. with the engine running. The sails had been brought up from below, ready, for a moderate north-easterly wind, good visibility and calm sea would allow us to sail most of the way to St. Peter Port. Making good speed with the sails, two onboard were seasick, so were clipped on and hauled to the low side of the boat. Others, meanwhile, did their utmost to keep themselves busy or distracted amidst warnings, “don’t look down just keep your eyes on the horizon!”
Meanwhile the Spinnaker pole was put up, although there are no spinnaker sails onboard, to provide sport for those daring enough to monkey-climb up it. Six of the crew made it up the rope, but only one (Jack) made it all the way up to spinnaker where he sat and viewed the boat from above, making a descent that would not have been out of place in a Bond film. Arrived St Peter Port at 19.45 p.m., where the harbour master guided us in to a pontoon and we tied up. Supper was ready by 8 p.m: bangers and mash, some banter and bed.
Ji, Mandy and Shaista.
Day 3 so far…
Disaster strikes! Some of the crew arrived at the shower block in Cherbourg early on a windy morning only to find that the water had been exhausted by the early-rising frenchmen and Raju! A smelly crew returned – dry towel and shower gel in hand- to a fresh french breakfast that had been purchased locally that morning.
By Jack, Harry & Shaista
Day 2 began early at 6.30 with mist still lingering over the hills in the distance. We prepared the boat for the cross-channel voyage to Cherbourg and slowly motored out of Poole harbour making countless Bacon Butties on the way. Unfortunately there was a distinct lack of decent wind in the morning, nevertheless we hoisted the mainsail in a vain hope of catching some wind to motor-sail.
Leonardo whipped up a quick lunch of pasties and beans on the go while the crew were eagerly learning the essentials for the competent crew RYA qualification. As expected, the wind picked up noticeably after lunch, after wrapping up in yet more layers we hoisted the two remaining sails – the Yankee 1 gib and the staysail. The boat keeled past 5 degrees for the first time on the voyage and some of the crew wondered what they had gotten themselves in to.
At around 6 BST we arrived at the idillic French port of Cherbourg. We agreed to go our separate ways to find dinner in Cherbourg with some opting for a seafood platter and others eating in what was locally known as “Kebab Alley”. Most of us returned to the boat within the curfew of 11.00 BST, with the few that didn’t providing some raucous evening entertainment!
By Jack, Harry & Shaista
We have all discovered muscles we had forgotten we had. We are coming together as a crew but still getting used to close quarter living.Camping experience is useful.
A grey, damp Sunday but this morning left west Cowes in a glorious sunshine. For some of us just sailing is the biggest pleasure. Today we talked about what we each wanted to achieve. This ranged from learning to cook, to becoming competent in sailing skills. We just hoisted the main sail!
By Ted, Jason & Christine