Thursday, 23 July 2009

Stepping up

Last night we were short handed on the exercise for a variety of reasons. This always makes for an interesting time as there can be no passengers and inevitably people end up performing the role above what they normally do.
Skid helmed the boat for the majority of the exercise using both the primary and emergency steering. And a great job he did too learning how to anchor the boat as well as everything else.

Sam got stuck into a variety of seamanship evolutions such as emergency steering and anchoring and demonstrated just what she is capable of.

Matt took charge of the deck as second Cox'n, his responsibility was to talk each evolution through then stand back and observe it happen. He is a natural teacher and has an innate ability to instill confident in those he is instructing. of our newest recruits, naturally took everything in his stride and showed all the signs of becoming a very useful member of the crew in short order.

Of course the ILB was out too under the command of Gav who is the duty helmsman this week. By all accounts they had a useful exercise too and learnt much.

Meanwhile James Mack, Shi and I were down below conducting a very productive navigational exercise.

I was following the pack
all swallowed in their coats
with scarves of red tied ’round their throats
to keep their little heads
from fallin’ in the snow
And I turned ’round and there you go
And, Michael, you would fall
and turn the white snow red as strawberries
in the summertime

(Winter Hymnal - Fleet Foxes)

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