The next morning, we unanchor, put up the sails, and go out to sea.

July 3, 2017

The next morning, we unanchor, put up the sails, and go out to sea. We've done this enough times to do it fast and smooth. There's a nice sidewind on our way. There's a huge lurch again.

The captain shows us how to make tacks against the head wind. It's a simple scheme: the ship goes at a 45% angle against the head wind. And then you zig-zag where you need to.

The ship is going at full speed. The steering wheel is abruptly turned to the opposite side.

Simultaneously we, the crew, begin to manually turn all the sails following the wheel.
The ship is turning slowly and halting. Perpendicular to the head wind, the ship stops and slowly turns the other way 90% from the original direction. And so we're sailing again headwind, but the other way.

Turning the sails manually is really hard. The arms ache 2 todays afterwards. The sails are strained by the wind and each movement of the rope calls for effort of several men. Today we made five tacks like this, spending the rest of the day on it.

Done with the sport car driving game, the captain orders to take down the sails and anchor.

Someone is on call, and someone goes to bed.

On day 7 we unanchor and reach Quiberon by lunch.

This is the best stop so far.

Because here we can finally take a hot shower. Sometimes there are public showers, but we haven't found them in a previous port.

There a showering issue at sea. Freshwater supply is limited. The fuel top-up is in the ports only, and not available in every port. There's always austerity policy in action.

I know now what the true sailor's dream is. And it has nothing to do with the ladies :) A hot bath or a shower is what you most desire.

The rest of the day was slow and steady. Took a walk around the town. Compared to the previous place, it was a little more crowded at night.

We went back to the ship and scattered. Some went ashore for a drink.

Alcohol is forbidden aboard. It is only on special occasions that a captain might allow a few drinks at dinner. There's a special signal for that – an "alcohol" bell.

The prodecure for this is that anyone who strikes it, must immediately "provide" for the whole crew. That's why during the severest storm, sailors try not to strike it accidentally.
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