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Terribly sorry for the lack of updates!

So. I haven't posted in just about forever. Loads of stuff has happened as well. The annual Stars'l (though the Star didn't sail so I don't really know what to call it) has come and gone. I got to sail on HMS Surprise! I was foremast crew, specifically on the starboard pin rail and the t'gallant brace. It was really great fun and finally being on Sail Crew is absolutely brilliant!

After that, but before my birthday (which was the 30th of December, by the way. I am officially an adult!) I got to climb for the first time! On Surprise you can climb to the course yards being just jibboom qualified, so I took advantage of that when a few other crew members were going skylarking. I ran up to the first mate and begged to climb, saying that I did own a harness and I am jibboom qualified and it was only nine days before I turned eighteen and he let me! I got to climb to the foreyard with Aimee and though it wasn't nearly as high as Eagle's t'gallant, it was deifinitely a different perspective than the deck. I really wanted to go over the futtock shrouds, but alas, only those top qualified can do so. I really need to keep working at my pull-up, I'm about 3/4 of the way there.

During the regular maintenance Sundays, though, I've been painting the Surprise as a part of Marge's crew. Marge is Made of Awesome, by the way. I get to go over the side and paint the channels, which means I get to wear my harness! And do something a bit more exciting than staying on deck.

Another sailing adventure was had the day before my birthday. Surprise went out for the Holiday Bowl Parade and I was again a part of her crew! There wasn't a lot of wind and we only set tops'ls along with the fore-and-afts, but it was still nice being able to get out in the bay.


I'm beginning to think this journal is going to move more toward accounts of my nautical adventures (So if you want to stop watching me, I won't be insulted or anything). I'm avoiding Who fandom for a while because I don't want to be spoiled on who's playing the next doctor. I am watching the specials, though. Just not participating in fandom for fear of spoilers. I've sort of moved on to NCIS, though I'm a bit nervous about diving into fandom. I'm at the lurking stage right now. Who just isn't really interesting to me any more (which really depresses me 'cos I thought I'd love it forever), but maybe I'll get back into it. Maybe once the year of specials is over I'll get back in fandom, but right now NCIS is my favourite show.


Hmm, I think that's about it. This weekend is another Surprise sail and I'll be sleeping over Saturday night. Should be good fun! =D

Comments

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heidi_wiggin
Jan. 20th, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
Happy Belated Birthday!

And I am soooooo jealous of your rigging-climbing adventures... someday... someday!
hms_surrender
Feb. 27th, 2009 05:50 am (UTC)
Eeek! Apologies for the extremely late reply. My inbox has been flooded lately.

Climbing is so much fun! I can't wait 'til I can go over the futtocks. Soon, hopefully...
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