V.Ships Cadet tall ship on board diary - Entry 5

Tuesday, July 14 - 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. Tall Ship 5

Day 5

"During our morning watch we prepared to drop anchor. Captain was teaching the crew about star observation, while I was helm boy. It was amazing experience to steer 100 year old ship, all on my own. Here we are using compass, GPS and visual observing. The current was strong, so it was very hard to steer to ship. Maybe I didn't mention that it is not hydraulic system steering, so it's asking a lot of energy to steer for a couple of hours. However, it was awesome.

"After duty, we took some breakfast and coffee. Around 09:00am we were already on anchor. So, we went ashore at Ramsey on the Isle of Man. Maybe I also didn't mention that in last few days we didn't take a shower - lack of fresh water. The sailing club was good opportunity. After a quick shower in the sailing club we went to have a coffee. All crew members were discussing about same "problem".

"'Ground is still swinging, uff' - it was usual comment this afternoon. At 03:00 pm we returned on Irene. It was bbq time. We also played some rope games, and it was fun.

"Finally, after such a nice day, we had anchor watch. Tomorrow after lunch is departure."