Monday 3rd June
Life on board is settling down nicely. Youri has thankfully stopped being sea sick and has surfaced from his bunk looking a normal colour.In addition to the sailing there is a host of chores to be done each day that keep us busy. Pumping the bilges, cleaning floors, cleaning the heads and of course turning the veg in the forepeak to make sure it doesn't go off. Cooking is a challenge in its own right. Catering for 8 three times a day is quite a task. The stove is gimbled which allows stews and etc curries to remain horizontal while cooking, the oven isn't so,is to be used sparingly and only with certainty that there can't be too many spillages. Laura's has baked a few cakes, I managed some of Mums scones, hopefully will make some more again today, but these are activities only for calm weather days.
Magnus has also challenged us all to learn to splice and whip!!! No naughty comments please. So we now have craft corner where we are all busy making strops. Tom is in the lead having made 4. I am on my second and Andy has finished one.
Magnus has shared a statement from one of his friends [sailing ]" is a series if fiddly jobs in a wobbly caravan" , I think I agree. There are so many jobs to do that are simple in every day life that are often difficult on board. For example, if the engine hasn't been on there isno hot water , so you either have a cold shower or wait and hope you can get to the shower after the engine has been on. Washing the dishes is also similarly affected. Pouring a cup of tea isa task in its own right. Asanyone whoknows me will know that this is the most important of tasks to keep the tea supply flowing, but pouring boiling water in to a teapot that is moving , while the floor you are standing on is moving and you are sliding all around the galley is quite dangerous. A health and safety risk assessment would never be risk accepted.