Logbook Tres Hombres (April 20, 2012)
DATE:April 20 2012 GMT:03.56 POS: 39.43 N, 30.46 W COG:130 SOG:4.0
GENERAL SYNOPSIS: ON BOARD THE TRES HOMBRES
No wind but LAND HO! by Elise Kossen, trainee
After 21 days 3 hours and 45 minutes on the ocean, Anne Flore spotted land on Starboard side of the ship today! It looks almost a bit unreal seeing two big mountainlike shapes in the far distance.. The islands we saw and now after 7 hours still see, are Corvo and Flores. Two islands about 130 miles from our port of destination.
After so many beautiful days at sea the sight of land is a welcome change. For some people it is a weird idea not to sail towards it after so many days of water around us. We see land but we wont reach it for 30 more hours. For me personally, I'd like to sail on. The life at sea is growing on me. Not much to worry about, time to think about almost everything, work much, learn alot and enjoy even more. The crew exists out of amazing people. And I won't even start again about the beautiful whales (yes we've seen even more of them!), dolphins, turtles, birds, skies, colors and seas we are encountering.
The wind died a couple of days ago. This means we are floating (1 or 2 knots) forwards and creating the perfect opportunity to do some maintenance. During the day watches we are busy with our own projects all over the ship. Anne Flore is making a beautiful cover for the dinghy. Machus is working on the portside pennant of the innerjib. Piet , our handyman, is working on all sorts of things around the ship. Starting with some nice carpentry until keeping an eye on our precious cargo. He has such a big amount of knowledge that he is able to help anyone who is encountering problems with their maintenance job. Dirk and Toby are in charge of the sanding, staining and painting jobs all over the ship. Than there are more jobs to be done by the others; sailrepair, cooking, riggingwork, sailhandling and steering.
Even without wind there is enough to do on a sailing cargo ship!
Elise Kossen, Trainee a/b
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