The day started grey with drizzle and in the early light a Royal Navy battleship appeared out of the mist, a very impressive sight.

The colour of today was yellow, for waterproofs that is. Immediately after breakfast the crew were called to wear ship. This involved all the crew hauling the braces to midships and the ship was turned around and then the crew heaved on the braces again to put Tenacious on the other tack, this was all done very effectively despite a heavy shower.

It was then Smoko which is morning coffee for the crew and we were treated to a fabulous chocolate biscuit cake. Tom then did presentation for all interested crew about lights, this explained the colours and positions of lights that must be shown by ships at night. It was then lunch which is always a smorgasbord of delights this time it was homemade bread, both white and tomato loaves, chicken or leek soup and cheese, greek salad, mixed salad, fried halloumi, followed by fresh fruit, no wonder so many of the crew need a lie down after lunch.

The weather had by now improved with sun and cloud and the swell had died down. Several of the crew took advantage of the improving weather to go out onto the net under the bowsprit to do a bit of dolphin watching. No dolphins today unlike the other day unfortunately.

We will shortly be handing sail which is stowing them away, and the plan is to anchor tonight at Lulworth Cove, a beautiful area on the Dorset coast.


The Aft Starboard Watch


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Three voyage crew are stood together in full oilskins and harnesses before they go out onto the bowsprit.