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ThereAndBackAgain "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

T'gallant

VANUATU | Monday, 6 October 2008 | Views [635]

One can't really come on a tall ship without climbing the rigging.
Every voyage crew has the opportunity to do this to whatever extent they wish. Soem are quick to be up and out on the yards, others less so.

Back in March, in Auckland harbour, I climbed the rigging up to the fighting top and went out on the Course sail yard to help unfurl the sail. Somewhere in French Polynesia I again climbed up to the fighting top and enjoyed the view at sea. The bow sprit was next to be conquored, leaving the top of the mast. This was a daunting prospect for me and I put it of for ages before deciding that I would do it. On a quiet day, Monday 6th October to be precise, at anchor just off Luganville, when many of the voyage crewe were off on the beach, I was escorted up to the top gallant by one of the permenant crew, Dave. I made it! Picture and video to follow

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