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September 16, 2017

Azores – Alderney

The days of shorts and tee shirts are long gone. We now go on watch in woolly hats and several layers. The sunny Azores are far astern and everyone has settled into the rhythm of seagoing routine and the familiar pattern of watch keeping, sail handling, happy hours and mess duty.

Below decks Vicky the medical purser ensures cleanliness and good order while the Bosun and her team of extraordinarily hard working volunteers constantly maintain the rigging and all above decks. The engineers go about their mysterious business of ensuring we have water, light, power and a fully stocked bar……

Simon, our Cook and his wonderful assistant Fiona day after day produce a variety of tasty meals and snacks. Lunch today was yummy home-made pizza.

For the last few days we have been under all sail steering by the wind. The temperature has progressively cooled as we’ve headed north and moved into European waters. Last night we crossed from the Atlantic onto the Continental shelf and the number of fishing boats and other ships increases watch by watch. We’ve been lucky with sea life since Horta with several whales, many dolphins and seabirds. This afternoon we spotted two Portuguese men of war. Indeed Marco, Chief Engineer, managed to catch one in addition to the numerous tuna he has been plucking from the ocean on an almost daily basis and which provide a delightful supplement to our diet.

The results of the quiz have been announced and, to our amazement, we discovered we are the cleverest watch (eh!!) and the winners of a bottle of Azorean wine. We are now rehearsing our act S.O.D.S opera unconvinced our performance will match that in the quiz……

Forward Port: W/L Chris, Frankie, Paul, David, Jon, Philippa, George and Arthur who is now an honorary member of the watch having moved on to understudying the Third officer on the 8-12 watch as the next phase of his cadet training.

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