not long back from a marvellous time crossing the Atlantic on the Soren Larsen.
It was a terrific experience which I would repeat, and
recommend to anyone else with an interest in ships and the sea! Whilst we could have done
with more wind, we shouldn't complain really!
The food was excellent and I'm sure I actually put on
weight! The Voyage Handbook was good preparation, so that I had everything I wanted on the
trip except perhaps a few more old clothes (the new rigging was quite tarry!)
Here's a snippet from my diary ....
"Back to baggywrinkle work as the Sun sets.
There is a decision to take in the topgallant for the
night. I help with the lines, then volunteer to help furl it.
Go aloft with Troy and Lucy to help with the gaskets.
I'm probably slowing them down rather than really helping! The topgallant shrouds are
probably the scariest bit to climb as they are narrow and twist all over the place.
Not too bad actually on the yard working. Venus and
the stars quite clear by now, and a good view of the whole deck. It's a long way up here!
Eventually the work's done. Descend in the gathering
darkness with lots of hugging of the shrouds and waiting for the roll of the ship. Return
to deck with sore, shaky arms and another tick for my list of accomplishments. Shake hands
with Troy and Lucy. "
Thanks to all involved.