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.
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”.
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.
Of course there was the trip up the mast to inspect things.
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.
Moral of the story, don’t wear them on strap around neck.
Day off in Portsmouth!
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)”
Awesome! Love all the photos! Only 7 days to go, I’ll bet you are pretty excited!
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
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!
Mary and I wish you the very best during this amazing trip!