Despite attending offshore on numerous occasions throughout the year, it’s rare to be on a ship that actually makes a passage from A to B of any distance greater than a few hours. Normally a helicopter or CTV will whisk folks out to any given offshore location and there you stay until time for home and cake. A variation of that is you may be on board for a 5 or 6 hour transit out to location, normally through the night. Not so this time. A proper ‘ahem’ sea voyage of some 38 hours from Hartlepool to offshore Brighton, all very exciting. The weather’s good, visibility excellent, a moderate breeze from the west and a Master intent on keeping site-seeing to a minimum so although Flamborough Head is off the starboard beam (according to the survey screen in the warranty office around 80km), there’s not a sign.
On deck, with a freeboard of 3 metres, the sea’s close and rushing past in an excited and energised way. Tumbling and hissing and invigorating. Wonderful stuff. Always uplifting to an old git like allatsea. Never, ever, boring.
DP trials to witness when we get there, that’ll be 4 hours of gripping stuff. Then the all important question, will we have mobile phone coverage in field? If not…Boooooo! If yes…’Hooray’, but outside only or inside too? Rumour has it Three has the best coverage there but EE runs it a close second. Vodafone and O2 are shite apparently, no news there then.
First day of the English Premier League tomorrow….. lots of folks get terribly excited at the prospect, good on them, I envy them but from here it’s just a big YAWN for the most part. Unless another Leicester type thing occurs this season. Perhaps it’ll be Crystal Palace’s moment, or maybe not?