We are all happy to be going home to see family and friends but are also sad that we have to leave this brilliant experience that we have all had thanks to the watch leader Phil and the first mate Linzi and obv course the skipper Neil for making our time out at sea a good one.
Would recommend to anyone thinking of doing the tall ship challenge to stop thinking bout it and do it as you will love it as we have over and out!
Day four on tall ships, we started at seven to leave for eight, after us all have a good night sleep we all are in a good mood, so we started off by putting the sails up and sorting the deck to set off.
While we were putting up the halyard it got stuck on the spreader, so had trouble getting off, it took longer than normal, but we got there in the end.
Then we got the foresails up. Throughout the day the winds and sea were good, sailing was calm and relaxed. A few of us even play a few games on paper e.g. hangman. At one point Del got a scare for a baby bird. It landed on his head and he jump about to get it off, but overall it was a good day sailing in the sun.
Today I woke up at 6 am to do anchor watch for an hour with Amber. We had to sign an anchor watch form when we woke up in which we had to write the lat/long for where the boat is and put the time we looked at it down. I found it different and not what I was expecting. It was something new to learn about how to keep a boat where it is.
We had to alter the positions of the running backstays which I enjoy helping to do. I also had a go at steering the boat which I found harder to do than driving a car because the waves kept taking me off course and I found it harder to keep the set course given to me.
We also did a Man over board drill in which I helped get the forward yankee sail down and then sit on it to make sure it didn’t go anywhere.
At the end of the sail I helped to put the main sail away on the boom and to tidy away the two other forward sails that we had used today.
We had a trip ashore at the end to get a break and some food before coming back for my first shower since we got on the boat.
Overall since I have been away it has been an amazing experience and I recommend it to other people who have not the experience of doing this or people who have the opportunity.
We set sail from Liverpool yesterday hoping to sail our way to Bangor but due to people being sea sick and only 5 people were left on deck. Me, Nadia and Chris were the only people left on deck from Perth.
We had to port at Portaferry and I have never experienced anything like it in my life! The Irish Sea is absolutely Moik! I learned how to steer the ship, which I thought was rather easy. The ship was constantly on its side due to Gail force winds and rain. We eventually got to portaferry at 9 at night where we anchored and had tea. We all had to take turns at night watch; me and del were on 2-3am watch. It was absolutely Baltic!
The day has come to go on the tall ships sailing crew with 11 young people from around Perth Y.M.C.A Princes Trust Team.
Was an early start for all the young people that was going which had to be at the train station for 4:45 in the morning where we had to meet Pete as he took us to Glasgow. First train was at 5:16 from Perth to Glasgow Queen Street where we meet Douglas Briton who took over from Franny McGrath. Douglas then took us to Glasgow Central when we walk to get the next train at 7:10 then was on that train till 9:45 to Preston with was a long journey. Next train after that was 9:59 from Preston to Ormskirk with only took half a hour till all the young people moved onto the next train at 10:35 till 11:05 where we all reached Liverpool but we all had to get off at Moorfields as Liverpool Central Station is getting all refurbished.
We all went for lunch to subway then got a Taxi to the Langton cruise terminal where we meet such lovely tall ship crew members with is Lindsay, Neil, Phil, Where they Staring of with showing us all that we had to do which was put up the sails and going over the boat instructions with where we can all stay safe with everyone. Lindsay and Phil made lovely Chicken and potatoes with Veg. Neil help serve tea. Neil also went over the map to where we are crews to with is Ireland. Lovely crew gave us all a tall ship t-shirt.
I personally thing it’s a good experience for me to no more about the ship and all the hard work that needs to be done with the boat. Second day is moving on to Bangor in Ireland..