We practiced our safety drills, including firefighting and tightened the rigging - as the masts had all been removed during the refurbishment.
A swift run ashore to the Red Lion on Saturday night before a beatiful sail across Bideford Bay on the Sunday.
As we approached the Fairway Buoy, under full sail, we were hailed by the Westland Wessex, of 22 Sqn RAF who wanted to carry out a Search and Rescue practice with us. It was amazing watching them lower the winch-man onto the whaleback, whilst we maintained our course and speed, for a brief chat before heading off to a real drama in Swansea.
We then lowered the sails and steamed home to Bideford - and as ever, held our collective breath, as we passed under the Torridge Bridge, with the view from the shore here.
More updates soon, as we await a weather window to sail to France for an enviromental transport of wine to Dublin.