Exhausted and agony are not strong enough words for how I feel today. I think the climb really took its toll on my body and even with the additional pain I am enduring I would not have changed my decision yesterday to climb as high as the second yard. I got higher than I ever did before and I am so proud of my achievement. The pain and fatigue will never take that achievement away from me because I did it. I could not have done it though without the permanent crew of Nellie and all the voyage crew that hung onto the rope to take my weight. It would have been different if I was sat here in pain and to not have done the climb then I would have regrets about not pushing through, however I did do what I set out to achieve so how can I possibly have regrets. I just need to find a way to get through today as my energy levels are running very low and I am determined not to miss any of the action today. Continue reading →
Slept pretty well overnight which I didn’t think I would with the ship being so still. Breakfast was served up on deck, which was nice especially as the scenery is so beautiful. Everyone is in good spirits despite the late night last night and hangovers this morning. First order of the day was to gather on the dock for the crew photographs. My first step, or should I say wheel, on foreign ground since I had my accident seven years ago! Several of the crew had to be woken up this morning so they arrived on the dock a little shell shocked. By the time we all got off the ship our old voyage friend was back – it was raining quite heavily. We had a whole crew photo first then split off for individual watch photos. I had our watch leader B strewn across my lap with H and S holding either her legs or upper body. It made for a good photo which was a bit more fun than just a row of people. The photo summed our voyage up nicely I think – a bit of rain, some laughs along the way and a great team spirit. By the way if you are reading this and was on this voyage and have a copy of the crew photos please get in touch as I would love to have a copy.
Well the inevitable happened at 11:45 pm last night – the engines were fired up! It is sad that we have had to retire from the race when we were so close to finishing but the wind has been against us. It was noisy when the engines were first fired up and there is a definite mechanical vibration through the ship in comparison to the feeling of being just under sail. Having the engines on makes the ship have a hurried feeling, like we are rushing to get somewhere rather than going where the wind blows. The vibration of the engines was enough to flare the pain in my foot so it took ages to get back to sleep. Continue reading →
This is the last entry I have to make using my phone to record my journal. The sea sickness is subsiding and I am beginning to feel I can go back to writing my journal in my penguin pad. It is a great feeling when sea sickness subsides, you suddenly feel normal again and wonder how you survived the days you did with feeling so sick. The woozy head has gone, the constant nauseous feeling has gone, and I am feeling so much better. The recording today started with this conversation between me and hubby
Me – “I can’t remember what we did today. What did we do today?”
Hubby – “What did we do today! Got up. Went out set some sails. Had breakfast. Set more sails. Came back, had a talk. Had dinner. Went on watch. Did some shopping. Came back to the cabin”
Me – “There you go, you summed it up nicely I don’t need to do my blog now!”
I still had to do my blog though, the journal would not have been complete with so little information in it. So I continued to record the following on my phone. Continue reading →
View from window at breakfast. The photograph does not do the movement of the ship any justice. She was very roly!
Up early this morning for breakfast in the upper mess, I am on watch from 8 am to 12:30 pm and hubby is on mess duty. Even though the sea is rough and the ship is rocking from side to side with waves slamming into her, and I am jammed up against the port bulkhead in the upper mess to stop my wheelchair from sliding any further, it was nice to start the day with a hearty breakfast of freshly caught fish from yesterday’s catch. A big thank you goes out to the medical purser and pals for their fishing skills! Continue reading →
I started my blog eight months ago with this post – Good Afternoon. It was pretty much a lame piece of writing when I look at how far my blog has come on, and what I write about now. I was rather timid and scared of putting my thoughts out there. Was not sure what to write, or what to include. Whether the subject matter would interest others or whether my blog would go unnoticed out there on the big World Wide Web. I was dabbling in the blogging world for the very first time, not even sure if it was quite right for me, or right for the reason why I started it. Continue reading →
I wrote this in advance of the Parade of Sail which will be happening today.
Six years ago I stood on the end of the harbour wall in Carrickfergus and watched the ships do their parade of sail out on Belfast Lough after a fabulous Tall Ships Race festival. This was the last time that the tall ships came in en masse after a race across the Atlantic to Belfast. Continue reading →
A brilliant video showing the accessibility on board Lord Nelson for wheelchair users. This is the tall ship that I will be sailing on in the Tall Ships Race 2015. It is going to be one exciting challenge!