This is the Official Seal of the tall ship Mercedes, a brig on which I had the honour to sail at Easter.
When I say 'sail' I mean I sat there as excited as a ship's dog and they did all the rope work and sailing, then we went back to port and had lunch there as it was too fresh to try that on the waves. I had fish - what else would you eat at sea.
Mr Raft, who likes roller coasters, was standing on the prow so he could ride the waves outward. I stuck to the midship, me hearties, and watched the land because the potential for seasickness is obvious in us wet-bobs. The journey home was serene as we were running smoothly with the waves under the silence of the sails.
I can't say that I will ever be a sea sailor but I do love to look at tall ships - doesn't everyone? The good news is that in late summer 2014 there will be a tall ships regatta in Falmouth where they hope to assemble a world-class fleet of the most beautiful vessels ever built by man. (*).
Here's a video of Mercedes under sail
(*) Concorde is the most beautiful craft ever built by man if you include flying.
Update 15 May 2013
Dates for the Tall Ships Regatta 2014 have been confirmed. There will be three days of festivities from August 28 and the race will be on 31 August.
Everybody will be able to enjoy the spectacle of a fleet of up to 50 tall ships coming in to harbour, where the public will be able to see round some of them. The ships will race from Falmouth to Wight.
H/T The Falmouth Packet
Racing coordinated by Sail Training International
Twitter updates from Falmouth Tallships Association