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07/12/12 - Lord Nelson
Day 50 7th Dec
Sadly and with some mixed feelings this will be the final blog from Aft Port. Some cannot wait to get off in Rio and explore, others are sorry that the adventure is coming to an end as we sail in some of the best winds of the voyage with deep blue seas, white capped waves as we pass oil fields. Aft Port tried to summarise the journey in the Ships Operatic production which included the revenge of the pollywoggles (thank you Jon and Marcin for being good sports), the sextant dance, and the troublesome radar.
We were surprised to hear that we were going to wear ship (gybe) and move on to a starboard tack for the first time in nearly 5000 miles we are on starboard tack. It is rumored that this was only done to test the lee cloths of those sleeping on the Starboard side who have had an easy time so far.
We were privileged to see a glorious sunset with the sun showing a green tinge just as the meniscus dipped below the horizon. This was preceded by the sighting of the classic whale tail view as a humpback whale blew and dived near to the ship to cheers and applause.
Finally, we do not really understand how a group of people with such different ages, backgrounds, experiences and abilities have managed to have had such fun and so many laughs together but that is the joy of sailing with the JST!
Aft Port – Sally, Roger, Wayman, Peter, Tulio, Will, Beryl & Natalie