A great day for the team! Another early start for the team with a morning packed full of information regarding the safety equipment on board including life rafts and flares. After this was completed the crew departed the dock at 11am heading back to the Solent. Once out in open water the main sail was raised with a reef and then the stay sail, with the wind reaching 25 knots!
The day was spent rotating positions so that the novice sailors could get to grips with the winches and sheets, they showed enthusiasm to the task which has only added to the excitement building around the voyage. Matt helmed the boat for the first time putting in some tacks in winds of 35 knots! He and his team spent the rest of the time on galley duty, where they enjoyed spending the rest of the day at a 45’ degree angle. The boat headed back to the shore around 5pm with the winds hitting a howling 50 knots! A great day for all the team!
Day four was spent ashore by Matt and the crew due to the gale force winds which restricted the training however they still had fun! Mayday Calls were the task of the day, with everyone joining in the training and having a laugh. Up on deck they learnt about ‘man over board drills’ where Matt volunteered to be the rescue ‘swimmer’ and it was his duty to rescue Lisa the dummy from the pontoon whilst they were both hoisted up the mast. All in practice for a real drill tomorrow with someone going into the sea!
The rest of the day was spent paddling a dinghy around the marina whilst listening to lectures about the weather and having a laugh. With moral high and everyone looking forward to getting back out on the water, the crew are looking to setting sail at 9:30am tomorrow.
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