Everyone on board SSV Oliver Hazard Perry plays an active role in the operation of the ship, from taking the helm, setting sails and performing boat checks, to helping the cook, doing dishes and even cleaning the heads. One of the tasks in the rotation is documenting the day, below are some of the blog entries the students wrote during their voyages to give you a little taste of what life has been like aboard.
more trainee blog entries:
8/19/16: During this voyage I was able to face my fear of heights. I jumped off the ship into the ocean and even did tricks off the ship. I also went aloft. It was extremely scary but the thought of needing to do it made me stay up there. I was able to do my job and do it pretty good even though I was slightly freaking out. Overall I think it was a great experience even though I hated it
8/19/16: I had an amazing time on the OHP. I learned so much about tall ship sailing. My favorite thing to do is going aloft. It was scary at first but after you get used to it going aloft is really fun. All in all this trip was a great experience that I will never forget.
8/19/16: My time aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry has been nothing short of incredible. The combination of being amongst total strangers and deep, deep waters makes an experience like no other. I came here with a hope of weakening my fear of swimming in ocean water. What I didn’t expect was to also conquer a slight fear of heights. The crew members are some of the nicest people I’ve met, and my fellow trainees now feel like old friends. Although waking up early sucked, and having less skin on your hands at the end of the day than the beginning got annoying, this journey has ignited a love of sailing and I have no doubt that I’ll miss this boat and these people for as long as I remember this trip (forever). And away we go!
8/19/16: Fear, Tall Ships and a Yard
Going aloft for the first time and climbing out onto the yard is terrifying. Such a task seems daunting only once you begin climbing. On deck everything seems easy, but when you start climbing out onto the yard, your feet departing the relative security of the shrouds and stepping onto a wire, your harness is the only thing aside from you that is holding you up from 90 feet of rigging and other yards. It’s downright terrifying. By the second time, you don’t freak out. It becomes routine and you think less about the height and more about the view and task at hand. It’s a unique experience and one that you will never forget.