Travel Tips: Go sailing
As I watched the boats from the Bayfront Marin House, I saw the schooner. I love sailing. There was a postcard advertisement in the breakfast area. I wanted to experience the sailing vessel especially since it had been a long time since I had been sailing. The arrangements were made. The next night I was on the Schooner.
I have sailed most of my life. Spent a week on a schooner. Met many Captains and crew. Captain John was special, the crew too. He calmly sailed while directing the crew and holding conversations with all the guests. They each easily maneuver around the boat raising sails, trimming sails, hoisting more sails while serving drinks and conversing with each of the passengers. It was a tight run ship without any drama. The wind was perfect and the sunset was incredible.
The schooner is 72 feet long. Launched in 2001 after a complete make over to be ready for charter sailing with passengers. The Tallship is really very elegant. All the ropes are neatly stacked when not in use or while the sails are raised. The perfection of knots, lines, sheets, give remarkable testament to true sailors. Amazing how all of this is done while entertaining, engaging, and hosting so many different passengers. It is a lovely sight to see.
Easy to relax and not want to take over with such competent hands on deck. Never once did I feel the need internally to correct or change a thing. The ship was in excellent hands capable of working synchronization while raising, trimming, lowering sails.
What a pleasurable evening!
I loved it so much I paid my own way to go out again. I will be back more. Loved this sailing vessel, captain and crew.
Crew Jimmy and Kim Schooner Freedom and Captain John Schooner Freedom
Thank you Schooner Freedom for provided sail passage arranged by Kathy Catron, Director of Communications, St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau but as always, I will share my honest opinion about my travel experiences.
Eileen Ludwig, Writer, Photographer, and Videographer brings to the world insights about Theme parks. She is owner of four other sites: Freelance Tourist, Photography, Web Design School, and Social Media School Each are in different stages of development and evolution. This post may contain affiliate links with hopes of supporting my operating cost and traveling habit.