On Sunday, at 2-25p.m Hubby and I stumbled upon the good ship “Enterprize” . It was due to sail at 2.30p.m.
There was a storm brewing and the usually flat Bay was very choppy.
It took us two minutes flat to decide to throw caution to the wind and go for an hour long cruise on this lovely ship.
How often do you get to sail on a tall ship?
For us it was a first and it would make us step out of our comfort zones.
The Schooner is a replica of the ship Enterprize that sailed in from Van Diemen’s Land or Tasmania as it is known these days.
The original Enterprize carried the first white settlers that started the City of Melbourne.
She is now crewed by volunteers and they were very keen to go for a sail.
Hubby and I were the only passengers on board., making it a very special experience.
I was enjoying the sailing experience and not in the least expecting to be put to work.
Neither of us have any sailing experience. I thought all I would be required to do was duck at times.
Not so, we were put to work.
Hubby had to help hoist the mainsail.
My allocated job was to hoist the smaller of the sails.
As I was wearing a skirt, I prayed that the windy conditions wouldn’t result in me wearing my skirt up around my neck.
In the event of this happening, I could see the crew jumping overboard and abandoning the ship.
I was surprised at how much energy is exerted in this process.
I confess, I had to ask for help to complete the hoisting of my sail.
Hubby was sent up the rigging and had to sit on the spar.
The view was great from up there, though it was a bit blowy.
I begged not to be sent up there as my recently eaten lunch was perilously close to coming back up.
We both prayed that we weren’t made to climb out onto the bow, to strap the sail down.
This female crew member was young and sprightly .
She did a great job under the windy weather conditions.
We both had a great time and were really happy that we made the spontaneous decision to try something new.
My stomach was very glad that we reached dry land.
Maybe sailing shouldn’t be done on a full stomach.
Have you done anything spontaneous or out of the norm lately?
Cheers Linny xxxx
P.S. No craftwork happening here in the last two weeks. Those works in progress have seriously stalled.
I am hoping that the Autumn weather of cooler days and nights will inspire me to pick up the needles again.