Prince William Tall Ship
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Welcome to Tall Ship Adventures and the excitement and adventure of the Tall Ship Experience!
The Tall Ship youth trust, incorporating the sail training association, is a registered charity founded in 1956 and dedicated to the personal development of young people. This mission is delivered through two magnificient 60 metre square-rigged sail training vessels Prince William and Stavros Niarchos. Nearly 50 years on, the tall ships youth trust remains a world leader in the field of personal development.
The ships carry some 5,000 people a year. Although the charity's central mission is focused on young people, they also run a number of adult voyages during the year when young people are less available!
The Ship's Crew:
Each ship is run by 6 permanent salaried crew - the Captain, Chief Officer, Second Officer, Bosun, Engineer and Cook.
Day 1 - The flight was hours journey from Gatwick airport to Sta. Cruz Tenerife and a short bus journey to the port. After a reasonably concisive journey we arrived at the ship. We were met by our Watch Leader , and we were split into one of 3 watches (Red, Blue and White), and then work with this group of people to sail the ship and we were assigned to the Blue Watch Team, Ed our Watch Leader.
Day 2 - We arose on the first morning to a delicious breakfast of porridge, eggs and beans!
We then got given our harnesses and set to practising climbing up and over the first platform. Several hours are spent learning safety routines, issuing oilskins, and harnesses and getting used to the idea of climbing the rigging, learning the appropriate knots. Once we'd grasped the idea, off we went for the 'up and over' which involved a climb of about 40 feet to the first platform on the main mast and the same descent on the other side.
Day 3 - On day 3 my watch ( blue ) had our first 'graveyard' (12 -4a.m.) and despite the fact we were not due to get much sleep in the following 24 hours, the mood was quite high. Before rapidly responding to the much loved breakfast call. As usual the cook and his cheerful assistants put on a superb english breakfast providing all the much needed energy for the mornings 'happy hour'.
'Happy Hour', or general cleaning of the brig (for the not so seasoned tall ships sail), for us blue watch team today consisted of the cleaning, rust off an engine, cleaned the upper deck with sea water and detergent. from scrubbing the floors to polishing the door handles. We spotted some dolphins later on, about five of them swam at the front of the ship for quite a while. It's great to see them, but i didn't manage to get any photos :( With the rest of the afternoon came a couple of free hours for all, spare the watch crew, and whilst some chose to catch up on missed sleep.
Day 4 - The fourth day at the sea for blue watch began at early morning with superb breakfast. Following this we started our four and a half hour watch.
Day 5 - First up this morning was a tour of Las Palmas again- quite interesting and nice to walk a bit.
Day 6 - The next early morning we set off at sunrise for sailing again. Then just as we're taking down the sails, we spot something to starboard in the glinting swell a group of dolphins, frolicking and cavorting in the surf, welcoming us back :) We anchored up in another sparkling bay a few miles off Port Mogan .
Superb Tall Ships sailing heaven. See whales and dolphins, enjoy runs ashore in local tavernas and discover local hospitality and cuisine. That's the sweetiest of sights to end the niciest of sailing holidays. For us inexperienced sailors it is a taste of the power and exhilaration. All the great fun :)))