Lord Nelson Blog – Aft Port Watch
Well … things could not be more different weather wise in the last 24 hours. We have had winds of over Force 7, exciting swells to roller coaster across, the deck has been washed by copious rain while we have also had times when the sea temperature has exceeded the air temperature!
These conditions created lots of opportunities for fun on deck trying to guess which way the ship was going to move next but below decks the mess men had to work doubly hard to prepare and serve the meals. The famed metal ‘dog bowls’ made an appearance taking the place of the usual china plates. You may not be surprised to learn that not all the crew made it to the meals down below, many of them chose to eat ‘al fresco’ instead.
This changing weather allowed us to set a mix of square and fore and aft sails which kept the Captain happy (he likes sailing!) However, this morning many of these had to be taken in due to a case of ‘severe death of wind’ though we still have very unpredictable motion due to the large swell. This last 24 hours was certainly what many of us had signed up for. Who knows what the next 24 hours will bring!
Aft Port: Will, Roman, Ford, Norman, Job, Harry, Jenny and Clare