Archive for July, 2009

Starting Part C

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

The last two days have been a well-received break. I spent the first night in a bed&breakfast in Cowes on the Isle of Wight to be able to sleep in a real bed, after having soaked in a real bath. For some strange reason during the night the room appeared to be hull-like curvature and the bed felt tilted to one side. In the morning I went into a few of these many sailing shops on High Street in Cowes. It felt somewhat weird to be in the Henri Lloyd shop while wearing (at least) two pieces branded Henri Lloyd / Clipper. The other shop stuck out because the guy there was scolding his (apparent) demented mother for not again giving away goods for too cheap. Funnily the other Clipper guys who visited Cowes later on the same day reported a similar experience. There was also a good-sized dog being happy to stand adjacent to me and whip me with his tail while carrying around a pair for socks in his mouth which he got from the basket of sailing socks. I finally bought a Dubarry cap with a massive lanyard and an LED flash light which goes from white to red to blue to green. Not that I know when to use the blue or green.

Next day being back in Gosport I did my laundry, sent some of my excess clothes as a package back to my home address. Unfortunately I exceeded the 2kg cheaper rate limit and paid 37 GPB, so I had to draw more money later in the afternoon.

A good portion of the part C crew has arrived so far. We are waiting for the two persons coming back from the provisions shopping. Some seem to be eager to go to the pub. We got an initial briefing of the skipper. The next two days will be daysailing out of Gosport, followed by a 5 day “race” with the other part C boats probably towards Ushant. Can’t wait to get on this longer trip.

Moving on to Part B

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

Starting part B was kind of bizarr, finishing off a great part A on a Clipper 60 boat and moving on to Clipper 68 boat on the same day. The first half of the day was filled with doing a deep cleaning of the part A boat, while getting laundry done together with the other crew mates, because there is just a single washer and dryer. At the same time all of us who continued on part B moved their stuff over to their respective 68 boat early to reserve a good bunk. After having a short 15 break at the Pump House cafe, work continued: The clothing kit was issued. The foul weather gear, some jacket and t-shirt. This took longer than I thought. It’s also going to be interesting how I will transport the additional gear home (via Germany).

Giving out the gear kit

Giving out the gear kit

At 16:00 I was back at CV9, my part B boat, where the remaining crew started to show up. The remainder of the day was filled with a walk-through of all systems on the boat. The skipper is Brendan, the race skipper of CV9. He is pretty organized in laminating lots of useful information and posting it to the cabin walls.

Since I got power and Internet working from the boat (in the marina) just today, I hope to be able to write more in the next days. The previous days were packed with work and things to learn, as well as lots of fun.

Laundry Break

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Having passed the Nav & Met course I got now some time before the next training module, part A, starts tomorrow at 1800. I’m doing my laundry using the washer and dryer of the marina facilities. The washer is 3 GBP and the dryer 2 GBP, depending on how dry the laundry should get.

Washer & Dryer

Washer & Dryer

Then all I’ve got to do is to pack my stuff off Black Adder, the boat I have been (basically just) sleeping on the last few days, on to Serica, right in the next berth, which I’m assigned to for my part A. Being that early on the boat before everybody else should allow me to get the best bunk close to the mast. The bunk I had on Black Adder sucked pretty much. Being an upper bunk, it didn’t have a lot of headroom and was slightly tilted to the inside so my sleeping bag slided slowly and ended up in the lee cloth to a good amount.

The remaining plan for the day is then further to get some more money from the ATM downtown which is a 15 minute walk away, head for the pub and find a place for dinner. Sounds manageable.