This week onboard Challenger 3 we have a group of 16-25-year-olds who are up for an adventure, learning new skills and making new friends!
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Howdy, we’re Port Watch and this is our blog for the first day of the voyage.
Today, we entered the empire of the Challenger yacht. We were amiably welcomed by the Skipper, Mate and Watch Crew. We were educated on the fundamentals of safety and briefed about the mechanisms of the vessel, before we went up on deck to set sail for Cowes.
We accomplished the ‘man overboard’ procedure and learnt indispensable ‘rules of the road’ – including avoiding a colossal tanker and car ferry. The nitty-gritty principles of the winch were instilled and we learnt and demonstrated the etiquette of formulating a meal in the galley of Challenger 3.
It was proper freezin’!!
Lots of love,
M-dawg, R2trappy, H-dizzle and Thomas.
Here is our blog for day two in the form of a Haiku…
Up and early; toast and bagel
Scrubbing up the heads
Up and down
Rope pulled tight; sail boat leaning lots
Reached very high speed knots
Cardinals; follow them or knot
Always drinking tea
Lots of wind; made it splashy
Cooked sausage dinner
The King, Lidzz, SEB and Hannah (or Starboard watch as they are also known).
After waiting for the nursery boat to depart, we finally set sail under the power of the Yankee sail.
‘Twas a turbulent Wednesday for the crew on Challenger 3. The saviour: beans, cheese and baked potatoes – with a side of sea water as we gobbled our sustenance in the cockpit. It rocked and rolled more than Elvis Presley’s soul.
In terms of visibility, could we see? I’m a frayed knot! Pulled up in our fresh ride to Hamble with an adequate amount of time to do some navigation practice and our fellow Port watch member, H-dizzle, was like a broken record talking about the football: Liverpool vs Milan.
FYI – Wordle of the day was Caulk.
The best watch (Port).
Recipe for day four!
1 x swede
1x butternut squash
1 x marrow (optional if Skipper)
Do not include pears
15-20 knots of wind
1 x sun
2 x sails (Main (reefing necessary) and Yankee)
Listen to crew argue about bungs
Eat other food for breakfast
Hoist Mate up mast to retrieve main halyard
Go up Southampton Water (dodging big boats)
Come back down Southampton Water (head towards Challenger 4 to wave)
Then shelter to drop sails
Return to Cowes and moor
Prepare for night nav
Do night nav
Go to bed
The bester watch (Starboard)