Whatever the reason, sometimes it’s great to try something new. The idea for this one came from noting the kids getting hooked on Star Trek.
Yesterday we headed out for an hour-long sail around the bay on the Enterprize, the replica of the 1829 schooner that brought some of Melbourne’s first settlers from Tasmania.
If you saw it launching from Gem Pier at Williamstown, you might be fooled into thinking this replica was diesel powered. But they only use the engine for the few hundred metres close to the pier — once we were well clear, the engine went off, and the sails went up.
Part of what made it really enjoyable was the crew wasn’t shy at asking the passengers to help. We all helped pull some ropes to get the sails up and secured, and a bit later on they enticed myself and then Marita to climb up the rigging. Obviously we had one of those namby-pamby safety harnesses.
The weather was gorgeous, the bay not too choppy, the view terrific, and it was truly wondrous to be moving along powered by nothing by the wind.
The cramped quarters down below and all the work the crew did gave a real taste of what life at sea might have been like in the 1800s — well, in nice weather, anyway.
After an hour we arrived back at Gem Pier, plenty of people watching from the pier. They really didn’t know what they missed, it was one of the best $50 (for the four of us) I’ve ever spent. I can’t recommend it enough.
- Enterprize web site, including sailing schedule and other details