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Thank you to the West Cornwall Youth Trust for their donation of £250 to help Iris achieve her dream of sailing round Britain!
Thank you too to the Rotary Club of Penzance for their donation of £284!
flew by super fast! All of today was good apart from the fact that my friend
Poppy dropped her phone in the water as she was walking up the ladder, I take
part of the blame for it as I asked her to take my bag as I was at the bottom ;
it was not retrievable because it fell so far down!!
It is now quite late and I have just finished my midnight till four o'clock
watch . During our watch talked about our ghost sightings and stories, some of
the stories were pretty scary ( unfortunately I have never seen a ghost so I
had no exiting story's to tell ) 😕 in Dublin today we went through a place called Temple Bar .
There was a padlock bridge so I attached a padlock with my best friends and my
name on it.
it was our first day through the locks today and we went through ten of them, we had an extremely leisurely journey to Fort Augustus . when leaving to go through the locks today we were met by surprise by Mike ( Poppy's mum's friend) Mike brought Flossy the dog with him so she was our sea dog for the time being .
we went through some more locks today to reach lock Ness , it was a tight squeeze into the lock because we were alongside a huge canal boat and a smaller but still massive boat. after that we went through Lock Ness, it is massive and we also managed to sail through parts of the lock in order for Mike to take some photos of us with the castle in the background.
This morning starboard watch (my watch)
Today we went from Meirtown lock to Inverness , for dinner we had Roast dinner and i made it by myself for 16 people!!!! the roast dinner consisted of : honey fried then roasted parsnips, roast potatoes in which were boiled ten roasted in various herbs and seasonings with a smidgen of butter,
sliced and boiled carrots, pork, crackling, meat gravy with a splash of wine, coli flour cheese, and veggi sausages / it sounds very extravagant but trust me it wasn't and it was a bit chaotic but i did it!
i kinda feel a little homesick today, tonight was the longest, coldest night watch eveeeeer!!!!!! i am missing all of my friends so much but was cheered up when i saw Anna's post about missing me, thanks Anna! i just want to sleep in my own bed in my own room; not a stinky bunk that you can hardly roll over in. ;( i will feel better tomorrow (i am probably just tired)
i had a little bit of an off day yesterday, i don't know why because i am fine now!! "right as rain"
Visited the Royal Yacht Britannia and Pete (Mat's dad) was our tour guide because he used to work on the yacht and when the yacht wasn't running he worked at Buckingham Palace because he live there.
Pete said that the queen once said to hi " Pete can you just undo the lid on this bottle for me " and that is how laid back she was with all the people that worked on the yacht while she was on holiday.
after we had visited the yacht we went to get a drink from Starbucks , i got a strawberry cooler..
i wrote Anna a postcard today and i have literally jam-packed it with writing, i used a postcard that i got from the gift shop on the Royal Yacht Britannia.
Were in New Castle! Martin (my foster day) arrived on the boat today, originally he wasn't going to come as an after guard but because there was a space open it was a great opportunity that was silly to miss. i made pitta bread and Nan bread to go with our curry and poppadoms today (one of the skills i learnt from my foster sister) we all played snakes and ladders after tea and i kept on having to go down the same snake!!! Oh Well.
we walked to the Outlet stores today and i got a pair of extra thermal leggings because night watches are a lot colder than i thought (especially at sea). the girls also got some peel off face masks so we could accomplish our challenge of eating tea with a face mask on.
We are going to have to stay in Newcastle longer than expected because we need to ensure that if we go to sea, our engine is working because if it is not working we are scuppered. (basically we are doing some engine maintenance)
we went into Newcastle city today and visited.....
first stop -the monument
second stop - the bridge ; a beautiful architectural masterpiece
third stop - fake beach ( in which had some really cool beach huts)
fourth stop - out side gym, where we messed about on the various equipment
fifth stop - blinking eye bridge
sixth stop - grange marked where we pursued our one pound challenge to fine the most weird and wacky item with under one pound; i got an aubergine pen.
seventh stop - shopping mall
eighth stop - cha time a Chinese drinks thing where you can choose flavour drink and then choose what flavor popping spheres you can have in it.
ninth stop - sushi box, i didn't get sushi because i;m a veggie.
tenth stop - the train back.
eleventh - the post box on the way back t the boat to post our post cards
we went bowling this evening and it was really fun, i got two strikes and the rest were basically misses, i think my strikes were flooks!!!
Today we have set sail to go to Belfast. In Belfast we are going to go to the Titanic museum , Antonio (a member of our crew ) is obsessed with the Titanic "who knows how we are going to drag him out of the place!! Today we also made some really good Brownies in which we ate at about 2 o'clock in the morning on watch , YUM!!!! It certainly kept us awake. Our Misen Staysail was put up for the first time today , we were zooming along at 10.9 knots.
"Sleep when you can
sleep" that is my quote o the day! We had to tidy up the boat today and
went to the abandoned place In Grimsby today- search it up!!! There is an old
ice factory there in which still has all of the machinery and gear in it from
the time. The taxi driver told us there was lots of gangs and murders and stuff
in Grimsby at night so we should stay well clear of there ( made us feel great
about staying there) we were all safe though because we were docked up next to
the fish market.
Prepare for a long voyage .
Today consisted of preparing for a long and hard 40 hour passage . Helen is in
need of a good clean so that is what we did . Poppy and I were going to go up
the mast today but the harness was to big for either of us to go up so Georgia
did instead; it was great to watch!!