Exactly one week has passed since I arrived onboard STV Windeward Bound in Hobart, Tasmania. My first week has been filled with learning, cleaning, food, laughs and getting to know the ship.
I arrived on Monday 23rd of May – a rainy day in Hobart, but still a beautiful day. I have to say that I was very surprised that everything was so green! When I arrived at the airport, I was picked up by the Captain herself, which was pretty cool.
My very first impression of the ship was awesome – STV Windeward Bound is a beautiful wooden square riggered ship and she looks so much more beautiful in real life than on the pictures I have seen of her. She was a bit smaller than I expected, which has turned out to be very positive (more on this later on). So it started off really, really well and the week just got better and better 🙂
The first couple of days was all about getting to know the ship and the crew as well getting a lot of information about the ways of the ship, everyday life on the ship as well as safety information.
During my first week onboard, I went aloft, to get familiar with that part of the ship, as well to become confident and comfortable. One of the other volunteer crews helped me out a lot, by giving me a lesson in how to tie knots. I also experienced my first daysail with the ship.
During the evenings of the week, the crew to me out to different places to have beer – great way to get to know the crew 😉 On Friday they took me to something called RekTango – it’s a sort of relaxed concert in a small courtyard, where they serve mulled wine and beer. In front of the “stage” there is a small space, which becomes a dance floor. It is mostly elderly people, who dance, and they all look so happy. The event only lasts for about 2 hours and before as well as after the event, there is no signs of it at all. It’s a pretty cool and relaxed event 🙂
My first week onboard has been awesome, but also hard, as Im in a new place, on the other side of the world away from everything familiar. I have also been with jetlag for most of the week, which has also made me extra tired. I can’t wait for next week to start and learn more.