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TPA Sailing Trip – Day 4

TPA Sailing Trip – Day 4

Day 4 on Faramir:

Night watches through from sunset to sunrise, our sailors steered, watched out for other ships, navigation buoys, stars and the coastline.

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“Helming at sunset was the best thing so far, so peaceful, so quiet. It felt like it was just me on the boat!” Erin.

Carefully navigating our way around from the Isle of Wight. At the 9pm watch change over, the seasick bonanza really started with 4 synchronised sickies!  One poorly sailor was ably assisted up on deck with Red watch and convinced he was going die from seasickness, but within 20mins he was guiding Andreea on the helm for nearly an hour, calling instructions and showing the way to each navigation point, keeping the boat safely on track! He kept the buzz going and declared it to be the best part of the trip so far!!

“So peaceful and quiet, the night sailing was the best part. I’ve never seen so many stars in the sky” Thomas.

With sunrise, the rain eased, the seas still lively, Faramir’s crew pushed into the dawn, dodging large ships in the shipping channels around Dover and the east coast of Kent. Some convinced they saw dolphins (not confirmed, but the mate assured us these were the chasing wave ‘dolphins’).

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The wind farm lights we’d followed the night before reappeared as we approached Ramsgate and started our turn into the Thames Estuary.  During the voyage so far, everyone has had to complete a log, every half an hour one of our sailors nipped into the charthouse to record our current position, speed, course, pressure, sea state and wind speed, in turn each one taught the other and the system worked throughout the night and day!

“I love maps, it’s the best thing about Geography and we get different types on here, I love learning about the symbols!” Holly.

With daylight also came the challenging seas and ongoing seasickness support, trying to encourage poorly sailors to come to the deck.

Lunchtime at a spectacular angle meant soup and rolls were on the menu after our bacon butty brekkie, hearty warm soup revitalised everyone and our journey along the north Kent coast began! The sights of hundreds of wind turbines alongside the Maunsell Forts (WW2 London air defences in the River Thames) kick started a Humanities lesson on why and how so many turbines were here and why were the ‘metal boxes on stilts’ in the sea! Passing Reculver Towers on the coast and the test site for the WW2 dambusters bouncing bombs, followed by the wreck of the SS Montgomery a munitions ship sunk in 1944 in the Thames, a rich history to distract from seasickness and tell a story!

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Late afternoon we approached the River Medway and our anchorage for the night, so it was time for a ‘Turquoise watch’ (some of green and blue) to commence prep for our mystery dinner (open the food lockers and see what’s left) whilst the remaining crew put the sails to bed and got ready for a night on a stable bed!

Our last night on Faramir, already thoughts are turning to home but also a reluctance to want to leave. Faramir is becoming a home to our young crew, even after the hardships and challenges they faced with the weather! Sitting around the table Ed, our skipper, asked everyone what was the best bit so far and what had they learned about themselves this week.

Highlights so far ranged from food, to new friends, new skills to epic seasickness but everyone had something they were so excited to have done! We’ll save the things we’ve learned for our final log!

So, time for lights out on Faramir!

Catch up on all the previous blogs here.

Miss French and TPA sailing crew.