So I have been away for a bit doing cool stuff! I spent a week on a tall ship (any who are feeling similarly adventurous, see here). I was sailing as a volunteer assistant cook, which meant I got a free voyage but had to work hard. I enjoyed myself massively, got to set foot on Ireland for the first time and met plenty of interesting people.
I wasn’t completely away from work though, the ship is a mobile observing station giving data to the met office! This is the (poorly placed) anemometer, not the actual one they use for the met office I should hope!
Also knowing what the winds are going to do is important when your vessel is meant to travel under sail, so I sat and explained some weather charts to one of the crew, who strangely had an app that downloaded GFS GRIB data, which is what I use to drive my model! We had beautiful weather while we were in port in Cardiff, and I got to sunbathe while the crew were trained (once all the washing up was finished). Look at the flag up there!
My cabin even had a port hole, though its not so nice when the ship is rolling and you end up practically sleeping in it. You get to watch the waves during the force 7 you encounter on the way to Brixham!
I shan’t do a full length write up as its a bit out of scope for this blog (unless I am inundated with requests). However I shall say that if you are in the least bit interested in sailing on a tall ship then do it!!!