As we have been beating up against the wind
northwards, we have been treated to some superb views of the coast of
Of course being close to the shore has its more exciting moments. One occurred yesterday when the Skipper realised that we suddenly hit at current pushing us onto shore at 7 knots and had to tack really quickly. Should the cool calm professorial described in yesterday's blog really be shouting and swearing that much? [Although given the performance of the crew who had been “focusing on icebergs” (not much action required apart from looking) for the past few days their “rapid” response to the imminent danger was not quite the coiled spring approach the Skipper was looking for, hence some _expression_ of his needs J, all in the nicest possible way – note from Anne (Watch Leader)].
As I write, we are about 50 miles to Maniitsoq, should be on our final tack for a straight run. The most common questions heard at the moment is 'How far to go'? and ‘Which watch will be on when we get there?'. We do not know what is in store for us apart from a refuel, but we hope to be allowed a few hours ashore. Peter says that his greatest wish is to lie down flat on an unmoving surface.
Last night we got up to do our 4 – 8 watch and commented on the number of times we were rolled side to side in our beds. We mentioned to the off coming White watch that they must have had a few goldfish moments * whilst steering and had gone round in circles. They were very defensive, and denied any 'off track' steering. However, if you look closely at the attached photo, the flag has been wrapped around several times. We conclude that it can only have happened by the boat going around the flag.
* Goldfish moment. Skipper definition: Goldfish only have a memory span of four minutes. Approx the same length of time a crew member can keep a simple instruction in their heads.
Everyone is really looking forward to getting to
Kangaamiut and meeting up with the other guys from the expedition. The sight of
the Greenland coast yesterday is very similar to
Blue Watch at Dinner!!!!!
We are slowly bearing down on Maniitsoq and
looking forward to a short refueling break. Its been very cold at times
transiting up the
Regards, Blue Watch (Anne, Peter, Allan, Neil)
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