Learning how to sail without actual sailing
To properly prepare our trainees for what it means to own a ship such as ours, one would initially expect to spend six weeks at sea but this turned out to be a bit different.
There are a number of skills related to the use of such a ship which are easier to teach when the ship is not moving too much. It isn’t just pulling lines but sailing also involves a lot of maintenance which can be done more easily on a deck in a straight position rather than on a slanting one.
Hence, we also spent a few days at anchor and used that time to do some maintenance. The future crew of the Shabab Oman has already decided for themselves who will be in charge of rigging, sail making or rope work on their own clipper ship which enables us to train these specialists individually.
It is wonderful to see how these different groups work on deck.The ones working on the sails, led by our 2nd mate and former sail maker, even held a competition: who was best at very neatly fastening a piece of Dacron material on a large piece of sail resulting in a signed patchwork quilt.
Captain Clipper Stad Amsterdam