Yesterday we all took a tour of the island of El Hierro, a lovely quiet volcanic island, not often visited by many tourists. We arrived back at the ship to enjoy sun-downers and a barbeque on deck.
This morning a number of the crew enjoyed a bird’s eye view of the island and ship having achieved an assisted climb. Before lunch it was all hands on deck to cast off lines and set off on our voyage back to Tenerife. Casting off was some what of a challenge due to the heavy swell and the many lines, including 4 steel lines which had been required to make sure we were firmly secured to the harbour wall. These lines made for a noisy night for those on starboard side. We have a journey of 145 miles and so predict being in port tomorrow afternoon. We, forward starboard watch, are on watch, so steering and keeping a lookout, whilst other watches have already adapted to the Spanish way of life and are taking a siesta on deck in the glorious sunny hot weather we are enjoying. We could however do with some wind ,which is currently only about force 2 and so we have the engine on and no square sails up yet.
We are about to tuck into homemade fruit cake, freshly made this morning, and so will update everyone again in due course.
Avril, Claire, Clair, Howard, Ian, John, Jon, Jude and Lara