by Adrian on July 24, 2008

The crew of Magdalus are on constant 24 hour standby waiting for a call from their owners wanting to be picked up to come out to the boat. We were therefore ready to leave if they had to go to work suddenly.

Fortunately the owners didn’t call and we were invited to join the crew for the evening. Everything was very luxurious for a boat – flushing toilets, washing machine, decent ovens in the galley etc. Chris the chef cooked a fabulous meal and we all settled down for a couple of drinks, sailing stories and catching up.  

Needless to say, the evening went well, and by 5.45am with the sun rising we finally got to sleep.

(note the daylight outside)

Its been great to talk to James about the boat and its day to day saiing and management and i've learnt loads. Much the same as any boat, but everything’s larger, powered and takes a bit longer to put into action. Fascinating.

We also met Graham the engineer, who showed me around many of the boat’s systems and Ben the new first mate who is just starting to get to grips with it all.

The boat is so heavy and large that in the bay it was not affected by the swell at all, whilst next door we were bobbing around as usual. This was quite useful for Jax, who nursing a hangover said “I need to get on the big boat so the world stops rocking”

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