Last night wasa warm night with a heavy breeze. Leaving Simons Town was a sad sight to see butwe looked forward to the next stage of our ocean adventure away from thecoastline. The helming was easy that evening and most of the evening consistedof many trips to the kitchen to make coffees and teas. Throughout the night Emmaasked about the many star constellations we could see (correllations in Emma’scase!) and spent hours trying to understand why there wasn’t a northern star inthe southern hemisphere. The most adrenaline pumping event was when we nearlyhit a huge boat while he was trying to cut across us. The distance between usand the boat in front was around 800m (tense moment on the bridge). Around 11pmwe had to 'wear’ (turn) the ship. So with Emma nearly falling asleep at the helmand struggling to follow the Captain’s directions, the rest of the crew had toman their stations and prepare to turn the boat which at this timein the evening was more than a demanding job. Half were waking up and the otherhalf were ready for their bunks.
After manyhours of tiring sailing morning came and realisation suddenly kicked in thattoday was our last full day of sailing (well for some of us). With some cryingand some jumping for joy at the thought of dry land we got stuck in again withbracing the yards. On the port aft side of the boat some of the crew weregetting excited over a bird called an Albatross (which many of us weren’t toobothered about). Happy hour came soon after that and with everyone rearing toget stuck in with their best friends mop and bucket we started scrubbing.