Crew member on GBR130 Imerys Clean Energy
merys Clean Energy
âItâs great to at last be on our way for a lap of Britain and Irelandâ¦
Nothing like some wind and rain to see us off, and weâre expecting some
uncomfortable conditions ahead.
âSince the start it has turned into a great battle at the front of the Class
40 pack between us, Corum (Mach 3), Phorty (Mach 2 sistership). Corum was
very quick yesterday afternoon in the close reaching, and over the night we
working hard to reel them in until they were alongside us this morning. So
we felt like weâd earnt a good porridge for breakfast.
âEveryone is feeling energetic and well rested on boardâ¦ We went into a
watch system not long after rounding the Isle of Wight which helped find a
rhythm. As navigator I am floating between the watches, which has the
penalty that there is never a bunk spare, as we only have one on the high
side. So sleep is currently in short bursts, waking up with cramp after
being folded up in an awkward position. Class 40âs arenât so famous for
their onboard luxuries.
âNext stop â the Scilly Isles, and then itâs upwind to Irelandâ¦ as usual! â