Why....Tall Ship Sailing?
Tall Ships - The words conjure up an exciting kaleidoscope of impressions, giant square-riggers with towering masts and billowing sails, leaning majestically to the wind, of sleek schooners sliding gracefully through the water.
Imagine being at the helm of a magnificent tall ship, guiding her across seas to exciting adventures, new experiences and lifelong memories.
Gracefully sailing past spectacular coastlines - the East Coast of Ireland, Gomera in the Canaries or the Isles of Scilly. Beauty combined with the tranquility of motion by sail.
Stand at the helm you are holding the great might of a 50m ship ploughing the ocean and splashing its nose like a playful dolphin on every wave it meets.
Recall visits to museums and dream back to the pioneering days of racing tea from china or high adventures on the high seas.
The Yards are aloft lifting great sheets of sail. Look to the top of the mast and spy a little creature keeping look out - and realise that is the leader of your watch. Ahrgg - adrenalin - just keep it steady now!
Later....You hit a hurricane storm force 9 gusting 10 and for three hours you make headway against the coast line, you are just treading water. At one stage you are even going backwards.
Sitting on the deck midships you get to watch the waves grow and then crash over the bow, drenching everyone. You just hear a whoosh and remember to hold on.
From a rough start, the storm suddenly blows its self out, the winds drop and seas slowly subside.
That night is cloudless, the sky shimmering with stars, brighter than a galaxy of diamonds, and there is absolute silence, apart from the sound of the wind gently filling the sails and the water lapping under the hull.