Phase 2 started with an unnecessary early rise for transport to the ferry. We were 2 hours early for check in. The ferry over was warm and sunny, the first sail of our phase had started. When we arrived in Belfast we were greeted with the phase 1 crew and their tired expressions showed us what we were in for. Before we set sail we of course had to have a safety demonstration of how an HDLJ worked. Iona was the perfect model for Mick.
From Belfast we moved on to Bangor, where chart-work was conducted in the sun. We also had David passing on his rope and knot tying skills. Multitasking at its best; serious work plus getting our tan on.
Waterford was next. At first we were weary of the rundown industrial look but HMS Charger had joined us so we ventured into the town where there was crystal and cafes galore. However the pub was the main attraction and David enjoyed a good dance. After Waterford was Kinsale, which had amazing showers.
Next was our sail to Cork which had its ups and downs with some of us getting surprised by the waves. Although we were soaked through, we powered through to our soon approaching harbour day with a smile.
We had 3 days and 4 nights in Cork. The one and only pub we could get into was great, each night was a different experience. The first night is hard to remember. However I am told everyone had a great time. The next day, as expected, Alice received a letter from a certain someone on Charger. Each year a new man from Charger falls for our lovely Alice. As requested, a formal letter addressed to the boss was received dictating the feelings of this person and requesting permission for a date.
The rest of Cork was spent exploring the town, enjoying the market, the sunshine, the pub and the company of Charger.
We then headed back to Waterford, where another day was spent in the sunshine exploring. During the next sail, Findlay acquired Charger’s boss’s tabs and become the boss for a day. We then headed to Fishguard where there was nothing to do.
Next up was Holyhead, where we met the cutest dog and had a BBQ with Charger and Biter.
Last stop was Douglas on the Isle of Man. Before entering we had our MOB exercise time challenge. When we arrived, the sun was shining again and there was a beach and a castle to explore. We had our end of phase dinner here which started with drinks on the flying bridge and then dinner. It was the best end to the phase.
We had highs and lows, most of them highs. Throughout the phase many naps were taken and cups of tea were made, they kept me going and I can’t wait to do it all again next year!