It’s hard to know what’s best to do about Christmas but here is one safe option
“ I had everything from a miniature Christmas tree to tinsel and plastic farm animals and a tiny lantern .
But the best thing was a conference call fo all my friends , it was an odd feeling to have people drop in and out and it was only after twenty minutes that I discovered Mum and Dad had been there the whole time .
I heated Gran’s Christmas Pudding then sprinkled the tiny bottle of rum onto it .
Although I could not have been physically much further away from them I felt very close to everyone that day .
A real Christmas “
That wasn’t a Covid positive student stuck in her Halls of Residence but actually Ellen McArthur on the Vendee Globe
Here is how Tammy usually do it
A less pleasant option ( which includes being “ embayed” is here
Short version of Christmas at sea
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Lobscouse and spotted dog
O’Brian describes various Christmas dinners with Aubrey and Maturin . Menus usually include Sucking Pig, Roast Pork Christmas Pudding and mince pies
with real mince meat !
If you get bored watching repeats on TV try this quiz.
The answers should be in the handbook somewhere.
1 The three sides of a sail are
A luff leach and cringle
B head tack and clew
C luff foot and leach
D leach roach and clew
2 The mast is held in place by
A halliards and stays
B shrouds and forestay
C pintle and gudgeon
D shackles and hounds
3 The luff of the sail is the side
A at the front
B at the back
C at the top
D at the bottom
4 The sails are raised and lowered by
5 The difference between a centre board and a daggerboard is
A there is no difference
B centre board controls drift daggerboard controls lean
C daggerboard pivots centre board slides up and down
D daggerboard slides up and down centreboard pivots
6 The knot that is tied at the end of a sheet is
C reef knot
D figure of eight.
I’d like to send special thanks to all the students instructors and others who helped in the past and look forward to better days next year
I absolutely hated sailing round Leuwarden with its innumerable locks and bridges but it’s actually a great place with lots of restaurants museums and places of interest .
I also found a mural of HM Queen (who is allegedly delaying recording her Christmas speech to see how Covid/Brexit is going ! )
We’ll come back to the trip next year but in the meantime
merry Christmas and a Happy New Year