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Day’s Run – 25 November, 2015

This week we assigned daymen from the watches because the weather is better and the gang are becoming more accomplished at sail handling, so fewer people are required in the watches just to sail the ship, allowing us to focus a little more on ship’s work. Rigging assistants for the week are Mackenzie and Gary, Engineers’ assistants Jen and Jesper, and Carpenters Dale and James. Captain ran an all hands seizings workshop this afternoon to teach some of the most common temporary and permanent methods to seize ropes or wires together. And Donald gave us American thanksgiving one day early with an enormous turkey dinner followed by ice-cream. Happy Thanksgiving!

Sailing along at sunset

SHIP’S WORK: Bosun, riggers and the watches: Spot paint black in MONOMOY, spot paint stone on starboard aft superstructure, spot paint red aloha deck and waterways, remove jibboom heel from bowsprit, send down stay tackle, make wire strops for temporary jibboom, ratlines in fore and main topmast shrouds.

Carpenters: work on temporary jibboom – rounding out the ends of the square spare to fit the hardware and fairing. Engineers: prep and paint on main engine, welding and straightening the martingale.

Sailmaking: finish patching main t’gallant staysail, and work on roping the repaired luff and head

TOWARDS: Cadiz, Spain
TIME ZONE: ZD + 1
NOON POSITION: 37°52.9’N /020°05.8’W
DAYS RUN: 86nm
PASSAGE LOG: 578nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 666 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: SExS (146°T)
WIND: E1/2N, Force 5
WEATHER: 3/8 cloud cover (cumulus), air temp 62F (17°C), sea surface temp 66F (19°C) barometer reading 1037 millibars, visibility good
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: 3-5 foot, ExN
SAILS SET: Topsails, foresail, mainsail, main t’gallant,fore topmast staysail, main topmast staysail, spanker.

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