Today is the day we set sail from Plymouth to Gijón.
Monday 20th August 2012
I took the train down from London yesterday afternoon, 3 1/2 hours to get from London to Plymouth…it would have been quicker to fly to Spain! But then I wouldn’t have had the delight of having to listen to a kid play eye spy for the entire journey, or being delayed by a drunk man on the tracks. Public transport truly sucks.
Oliver and his dad have been busy fixing things that seem to break at the most inconvenient time. The steaming light has broken this time.
I spent the morning rushing around buying mobile phone and camera chargers, I want to make sure I capture as much of the trip as possible without annoying the hell out of the crew.
Myself and Carlotta were tasked with buying food for 4/5 days for the four of us. Knowing that shopping with Carlotta was going to be a intense and time consuming task we gave ourselves 2 hours, and left it til the end of the day. We spent about £160 in total, so £40 a head for a week was pretty good. We bought quite a lot of fresh food, but more on that later.
When we got back from the shop we had 2 hours left before departure and news came that we may not get to Gijón until Sunday. Armed with the new arrival times, I nipped out and bought a stash of pot noodles, 4 pack of stella, cider for Carlotta and a bag of chips from the local chippy. Job done.
We set off around 9/10pm and after a few hours I got my head down.
Tuesday 21st August 2012
The day past pretty uneventfully, no land in site, waves and wind, nothing much to report.
Having bought a lot of fresh food, and as we couldn’t power the fridge continuously incase we ran down the batteries I had constant fear of food poisoning. The fear of shitting out of both ends for 24 hours was quickly overcome by the fact I was bloody hungry, so we chowed down a chicken stir fry for dinner, dinner promptly reappeared and decorated the side of Ollies boat about 10 minutes later. My stomach wouldn’t settle but I was allowed a few hours extra sleep before my night shift started. Eventually my time came. Will was setting world records for staying awake the longest on watch, and I was doing my best to keep my stomach lining intact. Chit chat was on the short side and eventually I was ordered to bed given that I was useless. Five minutes below lying on my back and I decided it was time to feed the seagulls the chips from the night before, and lunch and breakfast before that. Little did I know but Carlotta was also making her own vomit installation in the heads, particles remained for days to come for all of us to enjoy 😀
Wednesday 22st August 2012
Sleep is pretty hard going when your crew mates fire up the engine as soon as you try to get your head down. I have ear defenders and have been sleeping in the cabin or the pilot berth, if its not the tud thumping of the engine, its the crew on watch coming down to make a cuppa and turns the lights on, it can’t be helped but next time I’m deffo brining some of those eye patch thingys you get on planes. One improvement I’d make would be to have a switch that turns the lighting red, like being on a Russian submarine, boom!
Communication to the outside world was obtained using Oliver’s sat phone which looked like something out of a 1980’s, though I guess styling is not essential when you’re sailing the high seas, a cursory disapproving look from passing seagulls would not exactly hurt our feelings. The sat phone was supposed to not only let mummy know their little johnny was still alive, but to enable us to download grib files (synoptic weather charts) so we could work out what the winds were doing over the following days, this didn’t work so we had to get our weather reports from Oliver’s dad, not a big issue but could be costly on longer voyages.
Tonight’s meal was chilli con carne using smelly mince (I can handle this, beef going off smells good).
Glad I didn’t have to make dinner, my stomach just won’t settle, I’ve never suffered from sea sickness before but I do wish my stomach would man up and just deal with the situation.
Thursday 21st August 2012
Friday 22nd August 2012
Saturday 23nd August 2012
Sunday 24th August 2012