11 the December 2008
can be seen by our position we are making good progress towards St Lucia. The
trade winds have re-established themselves with a vengeance and are between 15
to 25 Kts so under the twin poled out Genoas with some serious reefs in we are
making between 5:5 and 6:0 kts.
daily lives are very much routine, but I thought you might like a shippers view
of a day in the life of Dave (Needham) What motivated him to join the crew on
Libertad,I am sure he has asked that question more than once on this trip. In
normal life he is a manager at Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne. His
duties are many and varied from driving the giant boat hoist to towing in
yachts or power boats from the outer harbour to more mundane task such as
working out shift rosters for the staff.
interest has always been with the sea despite starting his career as a railway
man at Eastbourne Station, back in the days of British Rail. He has been a crew
member of Eastbourne Lifeboat for more than twenty five years rising through the
ranks to be senior helm on our inshore lifeboat (The same as Coxswain) and
during this illustrious career has been recognise for his bravery on a number of
occasions, I won't embarrass him by giving you the details, as you can see he is
a man that has the respect of many including the crew of
goes about his duties in a quiet confident manner, His watch tonight was
from 20:00 hrs 22:00 hrs this is the easy watch when often you have
company to chat with, however he is responsible for the safe passage during
his watch so if sails need reefing or repairs need doing ,its down to him.
He had the task of cleaning after dinner before taking his seat in the cockpit.
Two hours on watch seems short until you’re up there alone on a wild night with
the boat barrelling along in pitch black nothingness, it seems to go on forever,
to hear your watch mate stirring to take over from you is a welcome sound.
With five crew onboard we have to stand two, two hour watches in every twenty
hours, so Dave will be on watch again at 06:00 hrs, He will be taking
over from me in just under an hour and he will take us through to
from normal watch keeping we have regular cleaning duties throughout the boat I
am sure you can imagine five guys using the heads (toilets) in a rough sea the
need cleaning on a daily basis. The galley is another area that gets very well
use and needs to be kept clean.
you can tell sailing a small boat across an ocean is a real team effort and
having someone like Dave as part of your crew is a real bonus, His wife
Tracy and two children will be waiting for him when he arrives in St Lucia,
and I suspect that will be some special welcome, The children have been
following his progress at school with their class mates, they must be the envy
of them all spending Christmas in St Lucia. I have a question for those
children , can you tell which group of islands does St Lucia belong, is it
the Windward or Leeward Islands and can you find out what those names mean,
you never know you might sail there yourselves one day.
all folks from the skipper of Libertad (wake up Dave it's your