Still here! Also, Sailing Trip Review.

Just a quick one to say “hi”.

We’ve finally had our internet fixed. Four days without internet is hard, y’all! Some bugger had nicked the coppper cable between the exchange box and the telephone pole. *sigh*.

I’m finishing off my thesis corrections, as I need to hand them in this week if I want to graduate in July!

Last week was also thesis corrections.

The week before was a sailing trip from Southampton to Cardiff. I got promoted to Watch Leader from Deckhand, which resulted in one hell of an experience. I loved it, but oh god, such hard work!

Mainly becuase the ship only had 15 voyage crew where the usual number is 12-16 *per watch*, with *three* watches. So we had two watches and both myself and the other watchleader had never been watch leaders before! Also, it was only the second voyage ever for the other WL! To further complicate matters, of our tiny crew, half were Saudi Arabian Naval Cadets in their first year of naval college. Never mind the language barrier, but bloody hell, I have NEVER encountered a group with SUCH TIME KEEPING DIFFICULTIES. We counted it as a win if they were ONLY FIFTEEN MINUTES LATE on watch. Fucking hell.

Getting them out of bed was worse than getting a teenage boy (little brother, I’m looking at you) up in time for school. So when they had to be on watch for 00.00 hours, we had to start getting them up 45 min before they were due on deck. Usually you need 15 min to get a Watch up on deck, AND you don’t need to supervise them during that time.

ANYWAY, aside from that PITA, it was a great trip. We were out in a Force 9 gale (mostly by mistake), had two overnight anchorages, a lovely stop in Weymouth, and a fantastic night out in Cardiff.

Sunset Clouds

The Dying Sun

The Crew

The Crew

Weymouth Harbour

Weymouth Harbour

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Weymouth Harbour WWII Defences

Nothing to see on Look Out

Nothing to see on Look Out

Full Moon over Weymouth Defenses

Full Moon over Weymouth Defenses

Under sail

Under Sail!

Sunset over Lundy Isle

Sunset over Lundy Isle

On the Open Bridge at Sunset

On the Open Bridge at Sunset

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4 thoughts on “Still here! Also, Sailing Trip Review.

  1. You know what, you sail on the same ship as me! I do galley slave though 🙂
    I find the sailing to be the best escape from my PhD stress! Though the galley doesn’t involve getting up at midnight and shepherding cadets around. I’m glad you got the PhD done and will be graduating.

    • Oh that’s cool! Got any trips lined up?
      Isn’t it just? It’s a completely different kind of stress being a WL or deckie than being stuck in the PhD. How’s yours going?

      • I did a couple earlier in the season, I’ve managed to get other things lined up for the summer so no sailing for me. It’s going alright, I suppose. Supervisor seems positive about my ability to finish and get a good one, though I think I need to put in a lot of work to get there. Less than a year left!

        • Uh huh. I desperately want to do another trip soon but need to figure out making a wage first!
          Glad your supervisor thinks you’ll be ok. Work hard but remember to take breaks and ask for help. Small steps and one thing at a time! And good luck. 🙂

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