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July 4th 2013

News from Port Watch: Molly, Kate, Steven, Valerie and Laura

On Wednesday 3 July, after leavingStavanger where we had been surrounded by two massive cruise ships, QueenElizabeth and Azura, we anchored in a lovely bay at the island of Ådnoy.

It was a nice evening so we decided to launch theinflatable boat and have a look around in the bay (after a quick lesson fromRichard). It was good fun going around in the small boat and exploring aroundthe trees on Ådnoy. Richard and Scott taught us how to use the outboard motorproperly and steer the boat-so we learned a lot about the small boat as well ashaving a good time. Steven was captain and Emma, Georgia,Eve and Diana were his companions. From the Swan, Laura and Kate manned thewalkie-talkie, but could hear Georgia’s voice travelling around the island andback to the ship without having to use them. It had its plus side, because atleast we knew where they were at all times. We learned previously thatcommunication is really important on a vessel and that carried on to this funexperience.

Molly, Valerie, Orren and Scott, went on a differentrun around the voe. On the trip they saw lots of Norwegian summer homes andboat houses. They all had a go at steering the boat and had great fun. Thescenery was beautiful, amazing and something different to look at than what isseen at home.

About ten o’ clock at night two teenagers who havesummer houses in the area, Ingrid and Magnus came out to the Swan with theirsmall dinghy and came aboard.

They told us a lot about the summer houses on theisland and around the bay. Ingrid has sailed in the 2012 Tall Ships Races onMaybe, from St Malo to Lisbon.

The next morning, after another man overboard drill,we all climbed out on the bowsprit. Noone fell in!!

Safely aboard, we swiftly took up the anchor, andthen motored to the small port of Jorpeland. The weather was incredibly calmand so we docked the boat for the night. That evening, a small group of us(Molly, Kate, Orren and Scott) went on the inflatable around a small island,Jorpa Holmen, to catch some fish to eat. We found a few really good places tofish, and ended up catching six – mainly Cod and Pollock. For lunch today, Friday, we fried the fishthey had caught and made them into fish cakes as sail make for Skudefestivalenin Skudeneshavn where we will spend tonight and tomorrow.

We’ve startedto play a ‘boat murder’ game. Laura is beating everyone! She’s killed 4 timesso far and planning her next murder….

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