Log by: Juliet Shrimpton
Juliet, the Principal Investigator, is everywhere, encouraging the observers, supervising the data logging and gently, persistently keeping us all on task and smiling.
Most of us have not done much sailing before and the crew speaks a different language.
But slowly some of the talk of sheets, cleats, port & starboard and the Yankee (sometimes called the Genoa or Jib) is beginning to penetrate.
Lowering the mainsail means that it drops suddenly on your head and you fold it into layers.
Graham is not joking when he
tells you to crawl into a small cupboard and fold up the anchor chain as it drops in.
was definitely not joking when she
formed us into an abject and shivering line at eight a.m., shinned up to the crow's nest and told us to do it too.
"You look a little apprehensive.
said to me.
was wrong there.
I was petrified.
I still can't believe I did it.
I think Juliet