V.Ships Cadet tall ship on board diary – Entry 4

Thursday, July 09 - 2015

Lucky V.Ships Deck Cadet Duje Paladin from Croatia took part in the adventure of a lifetime sailing on board a century old tall ship 'Irene' with Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust (MAST) this summer.

Each week we share entries from his on board diary written during his voyage from Glasgow to Liverpool by sea. Entry 4

Day 4

"We were underway for Isle of Mann. Later, we came around 3 miles from dock at 10:00 pm, and Captain decided we should sail around the island till morning, and then we will go to anchor.

"Finally it was sunny, and sails were full of wind. During our morning watch we practiced work with sails for few hours, and in afternoon watch we were doing maintenance.

"In between we climbed on the top of the mast. Polishing, and cleaning deck is necessary for 108 year old ship. We were sailing with 6 out of 9 sails, and average speed was about 5 knots. I can't believe we actually succeeded in setting sails without the Captain's or Mate's assistance. I think we were lucky, because wind was not strong, and we only set 2 sails. Before ending of watch we put sails down, to prepare other watch crew for training.

"It was hard day, but this is something that makes me happy. We are actually having time of our lives, while on the other hand we are struggling with hard living conditions. After dinner it was my turn to wash dishes, and clean the galley. After job is done, I still have couple of hours to rest."