Yesterday we left the quay in Belfast with all our sails set and heading for the North-East passage. Even though this was a joke, it could´ve as well been a possible leg because like the other stretches, we don’t know where we´ll end up until we have docked in the new harbour.
As you might have guessed, we won´t be going to Cherbourg, but to a harbour a couple miles east called Caen. It´s a little sad since Cherbourg has a connection to Offshore racing through the Rolex Fastnet race which is a milestone ny offshore-racers lives. It starts just outside a town on the southern English coast called Cowes and from there sailors race their boats towards Fastnet Rock, a lighthouse famous for its majestic appearance and its harsh conditions. After rounding the lighthouse, sailors’ race back towards Plymouth or as of 2021 and 2023, Cherbourg.
We are now on the 4-8 shift. This is in my opinion the toughest shift since my body isn´t used to sleeping between 8 pm and 4 am and working between 4 am and 8 am. Working during the afternoon is no problem, it’s nice because you eat dinner in the middle of the shift, but the nightshift really earns its name as the Dogwatch. But, as with everything else you get used to it and that Is probably what I’ll do soon. After all we have a couple days before we will arrive in Caen.