Sailing on a tall ship
The posts below attempt to capture some of the impressions and experiences following a long journey on a tall ship. It started with a trip from St Lucia to Grenada and back – a gentle introduction to the art of sailing in a tall ship – in pleasant weather for a couple of weeks (with regular land stops).
After returning to St Lucia Pelican then started its home bound journey, on 8th February, heading north to next dock in Bermuda. This was the start of the trip across the Atlantic to the Azores – a journey that was accomplished entirely by sail, there being very favourable sailing conditions. From the Azores the ship continued north and first hit landfall in Falmouth. From there it was a relatively short hop to Weymouth – the Pelican’s home port – arriving on 22nd March. The trans-Atlantic journey entailed 33 days at sea and the ship covered 4577 nautical miles.
The posts are less of a diary of the trip, more a selection of various incidents and experiences along the way. Through such a recording of the trip it is hoped that a greater understanding of what life is like living and working on a tall ship can be achieved.
For me it was the first time in such a vessel and to date has been the only time I’ve travelled such a long time on a sailing ship. It is hoped it will not be the last.