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Windy days at sea (50-60 km/h of wind!)

semi-overcast 9 °C

When I woke up for lunch we were swaying much more then we usually did. I then knew that the rough winds that were planned to come, had arrived. My watch started at four so in between lunch and four I decided to do some school.
When it was about 15:30 I decided to start getting dressed. The icy winds made the weather extremely cold so I had about five sweaters on. Sietske and I were on our way outside together with Wouter and Till when Els said she preferred Siets and I stayed on "stand-by". This basically means sit inside during the whole watch, doing the chores inside, and coming outside when help is needed. Siets and I decided that was everyone wasn't feeling there best we would help the kitchenshift and take care of people. So we started out by vacuuming the downstairs hall (watch job) then supplied drinks for everyone and after that helped chop veggies, etc. After a while we decided we would really like to get some fresh air because we were getting slightly queasy. So after asking several times we were allowed to go outside. The wind was exactly as I had imagined it, icy and hard. The waves were huge and occasionally hit against the ship which caused them to splash all-the-way over the backdeck. We enjoyed our last half hour in the fresh air for the next two days.
Els came down and told everyone that watches would be put together. This meant that there would be no school as everybody was too sick to do school anyway. We would also have only four (of the 8-10) people steering since they didn't like to many people up. If we were every to go outside with these winds we had to put on our life-line.
After dinner I went to bed and woke-up at four for my third watch in a row. We just had to sit in the living room, just incase. We cleaned the living room, tried to stay awake, and made coffee and tea. The four hours passed slowly, staying awake was hard. The next day we had watch together again and at night, yet again. That would be my fifth watch in a row. When I was getting out of bed I was told that I was the only person who could do a kitchenshift the next day and that I had to take over someone's kitchenshift. Great, I thought. So they woke me up just to ask me if I could do a kitchenshift when obviously no one else "could" do it the next day. I went to bed but didn't sleep. With about four hours of sleep I started my kitchenshift with Siets and Siebrand. Sietske is in the same watch as me and as Joost was sick it would mean only Wouter and Till had watch. So obviously this wouldn't work. After the lunch I went back to bed to so at four I would have watch, again. Luckily, Dianne took over my kitchenshift so they still had three people.
After this long tiring day I skipped dinner and went straight to bed.
Luckily, we did go fast with the hard winds so we had now entered the English Channel.

Posted by meimeilin 23:56 Tagged ocean

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