Exercise Midnight Sun - Greenland 2008

The Day of the Dolphins 31 July 2008 (22.38)


We have passed the Scilly Isles and were tempted to take a left for
Bermuda but unfortunately skipper ordered us to follow a North-West course for
the Arctic.


Café Rouge opened early today – Andy was up around 0530 and got some
brews going. Byrne joined him at about 0615 and before the pair of them could get breakfast underway, they were joined by an agitated Windy. He placated his nicotine urge by first putting a pot of water on to boil with out any obvious purpose and then proceeded to start fixing some tape… So far he has risen to his “no-more” smoking challenge. Amazingly, everyone’s head is still intact but we’re all wondering how
long it will be before he bites someone’s head off.


On deckFor breakfast it certainly appears that the mal de mer has passed as we
almost ran out of porridge and the left over ham was quickly devoured with the
toast. After a quick clear up, pumping the bilges (dirty but necessary work), we took advantage of mother’s treat – a piping hot shower! Oh yeah! Can’t beat it! We say shower, but what we really meant was a quick, desert shower, where it’s water on and get wet, water off, suds on, water on, suds off, water off and done. One of us even indulged in a shave – attempting to improve his personal ratings with the resuscitation team. Will it work? Keep reading our blogs to find out… Not that he plans on needing resuscitation of course!


After the shower, we were all suitably relaxed, the age groups went their separate ways – students to bed, oldies chilling on deck in the sun with coffee and stickies and some great tunes.




The only interruption to our chilled out mood was the call to see the school of dolphins swimming under and in front of the yacht – a fantastic sight and perfect ending to our mother watch.




After lunch from the White watch (eating establishment yet to be named) it was back to reality – on watch in some light drizzle. Winds have been minimal and the sea is fairly calm. What a pain it is motor sailing. We were rather fortunate to complete our watch at 1600 as just after Blue watch went on deck the heavens opened and we were hit by a monsoon like downpour – somehow they kept smiling. (Below)


Yours, the Red Watch (Andy, Byrne, Linda and Greg).



The "Do Not Resuscitate" list - 31 July 2008 (10.26)


Greetings from Blue watch; Anne, Allan, Peter and Neil.

Day three into the adventure of a lifetime, and I think everyone was able to get a
breakfast. Toast for those still feeling the motion a bit, but a choice of toast, porridge, cereal and fruit for the rest. Ham and mustard was on offer to the really hardened stomachs. The atmosphere has perked up no end with loud cheery voices heard the length of the ship; totally different to yesterday when the loudest response was a groan.


The increase in spirits and food intake is probably down to a calming of the weather, so much so that we have had to resort to running the engine to maintain progress. We are trying to make some distance to catch the winds from the low pressure due to come through. Too slow and we might have the wind against us.


The blue watch was on last night from 4 am to 8 am. Very little to deal with except a bit of rain. We did have a beautiful sunrise to greet our day and as soon as we handed over to White watch, a school of porpoises joined us. A wonderful sight that caused much excited rushing up on deck.


SunriseByrne wanted me to add to his description in the last blog to make it clear that the lifejackets automatically inflate when underwater. He makes it sound like they got a dipping up to their necks, but I know they tend to go off with just a rush of water past them, so it is less heroic than it sounds.








A bit of rain



We have started a “Do Not Resuscitate” list. In an emergency, the list is consulted to see who would be last in the queue for reviving. Up to now it has been dictated by who has classified themselves “walk on luggage” due to being the sickest, but the girls have taken the list over and decided that the new criteria will be who has not brushed their teeth that day. Eeew.