Logbook Tres Hombres (April 18, 2012)
3.45 am wake-up call... ( you know the drill, part 7 of a day) by Elise Kossen
15 minutes later you are standing on deck again with a little bit of tea in your cup waiting for the steering hours to be divided. You will be on the wheel from 5 until 6 am. Machus is going to make breakfast and will put the bread in the oven. Until than you will enjoy the sailing (the wind picked up a little) and maybe there will be some sail handling when the wind changes. The course you are sailing has not changed the last days.. course: straight to the Azores. It is a little darker outside as your last watch and when you are released from the wheel you hold yourself to the safety lines to guide you to the galley. In this way you are sure you don't bump into anything and will keep your balance. In the galley you find what you are looking for; a piece of chocolate (a little sugar to keep you awake) and some tea (still warm). Living like this, these small things can make you really happy (believe me).
After an hour more it is time to do the wake-ups and start pumping the bilges. The weather has been nice the last couple of days so pumping the bilges is not to much work (earlier with heavy weather we pumped 1 bilge 100 times..) You go down into the dry stores to change the pump to seawater and than climb up the ladder again to end up in the galley. in the galley Port watch is having breakfast at the moment and the food looks really nice. After pumping the bilges it is time for a deck wash. Anne Flore is pumping the seawater up, you and Mott are walking up and down with buckets of seawater to wet the deck. Finally you trow the last bucket trough the head and finito, time for a break. Now it is time to wait for the other watch to finish breakfast so you and your watch will be able to enjoy some nice bread and rice pudding with cinnamon and sugar.
At 8 am it is time to go to your bunk, get some rest and finish your dreams again. At 14.00 lunch will be ready and your watch will start again..
You can imagine that most of us here at the Tres Hombres can not wait until the first morning without a wake up call. On the other hand living with so much ocean, fresh air and beautiful people around makes you feel so good and forget about any other inconveniences.
An experience never to forget.
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