Crew member on GBR4778R EH01
1. It's Chris’s birthday.
Happy happy birthday celebrations have included but not restricted to chocolate cake, birthday banners and disco dancing in the saloon to the likes of nirvana, oasis, avicci. marcus gave a great justin beiber/ harry styles performance.
Mother nature showed up for the celebrations by way of pilot whales and puffins to send their best wishes to the birhtday boy but he was not on watch so the greetings were passed on by a happy Simon.
2. WE ARE HALFWAY. WE ARE HALFWAY. WE ARE HALFWAY!!! the marker for this is a grey lump of rock exotically called SULA SGEIR. the moment was also marked by the spinnaker S4 (Charlotte) - she blew her clew at the sheer excitement of it all.
So, that's just the last 6 hours or so - there is never a dull moment here on board the jolly EH01.
The first 4 days were tough, i think i can speak for us all on this. beating upwind continuously made for hard work, noisy and bumpy and made me wish i had brushed up on my mountaineering skills for just taking a step or two in such conditions down below decks is a MISSION, let alone getting in and out of all the gear in the dark. Why I considered NOT getting a dry suit i have no idea but rest assured i am very grateful for it now despite the fact that the rubber seals on the cuffs of such pieces of clothing/equipment(?) and watches are not friends.
Getting to know my fellow crew mates has been one of the pleasures of this trip. The camaraderie humbling and inspiring. Alan doing this to celebrate his 70th, a nostalgia trip re living his days as a trawler man. His readiness and eagerness to bail out the bilges a wonder. does this man ever sleep? endless chatting about all manner of subjects and shared experiences with Jen, Heidi, and Chris. I am on starboard watch but somehow still get to chat with those on port watch, Claire, Simon, Emily and Igor.
Hendricks. the team mascot of a fluffy turtle (turtles symbolise a link between man sea and land and are known as master navigators so he is cherished on board) is looked after tenderly by marcus as he was a surprise gift from his beloved, sophie. hendricks appeared in package day 1 of a number of packages to be opened at specific times during the race to add morale and much needed boosts. for example the small boost was some white chocolate buttons and the big boost ‘TANGTASTICS’! the halfway card of photos and loving messages brought a tear. it was at this point that i informed marcus that i am not picking up any text messages from my beloved now due to the exact same reaction!
Some of the day watches have been fantastic sailing, sunny, wavy and windy, reaching all the way up west coast of ireland. a thrill!
We have a storm brewing, we will be tackling winds of upto 40 knots tonight.
It's difficult for me to describe the experience of sailing the RBI because up to 6 weeks ago i had never sailed before, but i am now here, in it up to my eyeballs, there's no getting off or turning back and here i am writing a blog, its happening so the only thing to do is get on with it.
The crew, that's whats its all about. the skill, professionalism and talent, not to mention the patience of Gareth, Marcus and Jules and Jen makes it do-able. A revelation in itself.
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