Another post detailing content from one of the founder members on this site!
Thanks for the reminder of what we were doing 36 years ago! As usual I scrolled through it to the end first and laughed out loud when I got to “what did we learn for this educational cruise?
Having read it all, I was driven rummaging in the loft to see if I could find my Log Book from the trip. Sure enough, there is was in a small box labelled “Norman’s odds and sods”. It seems you were more diligent in filling in your log than me, but I’ve got a few extra bits – so here we go!
We were not all lucky enough to get time looking around Southampton – I didn’t leave Weymouth until 10.30 and then had to hang around waiting for the the old tub to round the Needles at 3-5 knots.
If my memory serves me right, the first meal on board was fish and chips – not an ideal meal for novice sailors who were about to sail into a storm! The other thing I recall was the horrible stink there always seemed to be whilst waiting in the queue to be served.
My log says “At six o’clock tea was served. Whilst we were eating, we cast off and set sail. For many, including me, that tea did not stay down long. Lights went off at 10 and nearly everybody spent a night of sleeping on and off.”
The next day I felt much better, seemingly on a diet of plain biscuits bought at the snack bar. I recorded that one of our party (only referred to as she) was taken to the ships hospital the previous day having coughed up blood but was ok now and had been released later after having been forced to eat. At least she didn’t have to pay for her biscuits! Ian Wilshire (know the name but can’t put a face to it) was also taken into the hospital with a migraine.
Thursday was described as an enjoyable day. Perhaps that was in comparison with hanging about in the rain, throwing up and being taken to hospital!! Like you, I noted that the Bay of Biscay had been the calmest part of the cruise so far. Today was also the first mention of my daily duty, assisting the Padre at the morning service. Jock Woods was from Osmington I think, a very pleasant man and a bit of a laugh. I was the entire congregation that day!