Gosport Prep Week (otherwise known as Work Your fingers to the Bone Week)

Well this was a definite amazing adventure of WORK, WORK, and WORK.  So I will put in some pictures and explanations as there are no words to describe.

This we call milking the lines

This we call milking the lines

You tie line to stable bar on dock and then tie something to the line to squeeze it and pull it hard down the dock.  The intention is stretch the outer layer of line over the inner core to eliminate stretch (I think).  Anyway, we would pull those lines til we had some excess of outer over an empty core area.  Then we would put a needle in the last of core area and then do a bit of whipping on the end of core area.  We did 16+ of those and guess what.  They are not short lines.  I believe that if I had my fitbit on I would have done more than 15,000 steps each day.  I became known as the “How many lines are you going to have to milk person”.

My whipping spot so I could get lines done faster after milking. Sounds like I run a dairy farm??

My whipping spot so I could get lines done faster after milking. Sounds like I run a dairy farm??

Victuallers (people in charge of food). Yes I did get to help with this adventure. Jen, Deb, John making it happen.

Victuallers (people in charge of food). Yes I did get to help with this adventure. Jen, Deb, John making it happen.

This was pretty interesting to see what they did to bag, separate the food for 23 people for a month.  Made me really happy to be climbing the mast , milking, whipping and splicing lines.  The scary part was they kept going after more food and hiding it somewhere on the boat.  Under floorboards, in caves, etc.  You name it and you can probably find a bag of food there.

Some of the bags of food. Han enjoying lunch.

Some of the bags of food. Han enjoying lunch.

Of course there was the trip up the mast to inspect things.

Top of the mast electronics.

Top of the mast electronics.

The at the dock work on setting where chafe covers should go on reef lines.

The at the dock work on setting where chafe covers should go on reef lines.

One problem, The skipper wanted it a different way than what the mate had me do so we redid on the water while sailing to London.

Check this out! Dessert supreme! We must have worked hard today!

Check this out! Dessert supreme! We must have worked hard today!

Lunch break!!! Feels like home. Any of my funder friends, please share with Jack and Laura Richmond for me!!

Lunch break!!! Feels like home. Any of my funder friends, please share with Jack and Laura Richmond for me!!

Skipper Diane and Elaine plotting course to London.

Skipper Diane and Elaine plotting course to London.

Two pairs of prescription glasses down and 2 to go. One down during level 4 and one down during Prep week. Both not fixable.

Two pairs of prescription glasses down and 2 to go. One down during level 4 and one down during Prep week. Both not fixable.

Moral of the story, don’t wear them on strap around neck.

Relaxing with a night out. Are those really Nachos?

Relaxing with a night out. Are those really Nachos?  Elaine, very British looking at them wondering what they might be?

Day off in Portsmouth!

This was incredible, person handling 3 kites at once during a "ballet" to music. Actually reminded me of Marching band drill to slow piece.

This was incredible, person handling 3 kites at once during a “ballet” to music. Actually reminded me of Marching band drill to slow piece.

Fun and we got ice cream and some kind of taffy!

Fun and we got ice cream and some kind of taffy!

Telemed uniform with long sleeve T-shirt and cap to be picked up Wednesday.

Telemed uniform with long sleeve T-shirt and cap to be picked up Wednesday.

Clipper foulies, Red jacket, Black jacket, and yesterday we received a red polo shirt. Just like Christmas.

Clipper foulies, Red jacket, Black jacket, and yesterday we received a red polo shirt. Just like Christmas.

This is it for today.  It is 7:45am at the Starbucks right next to the boat and have 3 lines to do before 8:30 team meeting and trip to Vietnam Embassy to pick up passport and visa!

4 thoughts on “Gosport Prep Week (otherwise known as Work Your fingers to the Bone Week)

  1. Very exciting, Linda, and so much to learn in sailing the big time. Love your pictures, especially half way up the main, what a scary thrill. Have fun, and be careful.
    Bob and Deborah Mathison

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  2. WAY TO GO Linda! Looks like you will be teaching us quite a few things upon your return! Check out Northern Child in Portsmouth if you get a chance!!

    Counting Down! Can not wait to follow your adventure!
    Be safe!

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