V.Ships Cadet tall ship on board diary - Entry 6

Wednesday, July 15 - 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. Diary 6

Day 6

"After morning watch duty, we were so tired; lack of sleep and lots of wind in your face, mixed with sun rays exhausted all of us. But we had fun. So we decided to stay awake.

"It was about 17 degrees outside, and we were jumping from Irene into the sea. It was fun. For 15 minutes. Sea temperature wasn't good for swimming. But, we decided to stay on deck and play cards, while crew that was on duty was doing an anchor watch. After lunch was departure. We lifted the anchor. We wanted to do it in the "old school" way.

"It lasted about 15 minutes, then we finally quit. We needed 1 minute to lift anchor for 30 inches. It was really hard job to do. This reminds me on story that captain said, that there was a man who sailed 'Irene' by itself, from France to Bristol, and that after that voyage he never stepped back on deck. Impressive, if its truth.

"After we secured the anchor, once again we set sails. This time we set 7 of them. Once again, we succeeded without any assistance. This was the day when we all learned that helping each other on board the ship is necessary, and that together with 'Irene' we are making one body, and the Captain is our head.

"After dinner it was once again my time to wash the dishes. My job is done, and it's time to take a rest."