It has been an exciting time for us over the last two weeks, we set sail for Brixham in pursuit of cargo . it was a beautiful Easter weekend, the sun was shining , Brixham was full of visitors, crabbing on the quay, eating fish and chips…. the heritage pontoon was alive with people going on daysails on Vigilance and Leader was in getting ready for a sail training adventure. We had a Easter egg hunt with the family on Easter sunday. Our crew from the Netherlands arrived on the sunday evening Tony, Jelte, Roland , Freek , Paul and Catherine from Devon. Monday we worked hard on the rig preparing for t’gallants with the light winds forecast . It was hot …….
The ale arrived early on tuesday morning 3.5 tonnes of Organic Avocet ale from Exeter Brewery. The owner of the brewer Alan came down to see the loading . With a human chain formed we very quickly loaded on the 347 cases of bottled ale. They all stowed nicely in the saloon covering all the sole board area up to the height of the table. We then covered the cases with cushions so we could crawl through to the accommodation area.
When loaded our friend Tony Knights a local fisherman came down to say hi and help the crew hoist the t’gallants. We then sailed off the pontoon under full sail. Light winds and a few hours later start point appeared. The wind freshened and the t’gallants filled and we were off bound for Brittany.
We then sailed the next morning to Douarnenez , a large basking shark swam past us very close. We arrived in Douarnenez late that night because the winds were light and towards the end we had to tack up into the bay. We arrived greeted by friendly fisherman and our shipping company representatives. We all went out for beer and pizza and felt so happy to be there delivering cargo.
The next morning, we took Grayhound into the locked harbour to off load into the shoreside warehouse. Delivery number one complete !
Thank you crew you made it fun, memorable, we laughed so much and we lived well with each other. Will always remember this journey with you.