REGATA: DAY 2

The health is improving. Sea sickness is getting better, and fewer people are bending overboard.

June 13, 2017

Day two is, indeed, easier. The health is improving. Sea sickness is getting better, and fewer people are bending overboard. One of my friends is lying flat on his back in the corner :)

By the end of the day I finally eat. We take on a rhythm – on-call, sleeping, mastering sailing.

Tons of new information, which I had only heard in movies. Now I have to grasp all of this myself.

The captain cheering us with different tasks like breaking the sail in and out and swinging. We're struggling, but trying.

The crew is hard-core, very experienced guys. There were 6 people with us, including the captain, the housekeeper and Masha, first mate's fiance.

Whereas it takes at least 7 sailors to get control of the ship. So here we are, "25 land rodents".

Later we found out that at the time of Peter the Great, there were 150 people on the ship. About a third of them died, so there was the back up.

Much needed adaptation comes on a 3rd day. I feel like sea sickness disappeared.

I feel like myself again and the crew is alive and kicking. There are jokes and tea parties. We're eating well.

There' s a certain routine of the ship: eating, on-call, everything according to schedule. Other than that you can do what you want, there's no connection to the outside world anyway.

I finally feel good enough to write. Others either sleep, read or play games.
It's our turn to scrub the deck. It's a kind of entertainment.

We wash everything with the nozzle pipe at first, and then scrub down the deck. If the weather is warm, you can wear shorts and take a "shower" when you're done.

There are 6 tons of water for 30 people for at least 6 days, 33 liters per person per day. It's enough to live, but not nearly enough to stay clean.

So we take showers together with the ship :)

First we scrub down the deck, and then wash ourselves down with salty water from the nozzle pipe, and with a little freshwater afterwards.

By the end of the day the weather starts to change. At first the wind was strong and we were going fast, but now it's weaker and we're going slower. We're stuck at sea a little longer.

I cannot imagine people spending weeks at sea in old times. There was no kitchen, no electricity, WC, no water piping.

Now we have almost everything we want, however limited, but it's making it easier.
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