12.30-16.00 watch. We are day on three of joining Tenacious, we have lost sight of Antigua and Barbuda and are heading for Bermuda. We have yet to get the sails out as the wind is somewhat uncooperative. The horizon keeps disappearing behind the bow as we dip into the troughs of the waves. I am sat, my ears burning to the sound of Richard singing, luckily the sound of the waves covers most of the noise. We have yet to see any wildlife today, however yesterday we saw whales, bioluminescence and turtles. We are being fed a bit too well though the conditions are doing their best to influence our appetites on that front. The blustery conditions, whilst making a challenge to our appetites, at least bring respite from the oppressive heat we have had for the last few days. 25 degrees with a cooling breeze feels much better than 27 in somewhat lighter airs. Or am I not supposed to complain about the weather out here….
Yesterday saw a mixture of BM’s permanent crew and voyage crew bending on the fore course sail to the yard. The starboard side team’s stoic and quiet work ethic exuding professionalism, with the port side’s mildly concerning conversations and near constant heckling of everyone including each other giving the voyage crew a source of great entertainment (well … entertainment anyway). Still the sail is successfully attached to the yard with tiny pieces of string and nearly ready to deploy. Hopefully we will see a lull in the conditions soon so the BM’s can finish the job and our crew can enjoy the always excellent food onboard once, not twice.
Flying fish. How could we forget to mention the flying fish, or the giant evil eyed Tarpon that hunt them as we spent our previous nights at anchor watching the interplay of the 2. Now we get to watch the flying fish merrily careen across the waves into the side of the ship without the excuse of being chased.
Meteorological observations continue to be sent from the ship to the met office (as she acts as an observation platform) allowing the voyage crew to not only experience life at sea but further develop the met offices global weather mapping (a little anyway).
So far life for the team comprising forward port is good and morale remains strong. That being said, it’s early days and we still have far to go.
Obvs the vibe onboard is very boujie!! (Please ask younger generations if translation of this last statement is required…they may also be confused however).