Posted April 22nd, 2012, 02:11 AM
I opened my E Mails this morning just before I came on to this site. On it is an E Mail from some long established friends of ours to let us know they have just booked on the Star Flyer later in the year - some coincidence. Some other friends of ours, who we first met on the Clippers, are, as I type this, about half way across the Atlantic (Caribbean to Med) on the Star Flyer.
A Star Clipper story. A few years ago, in the Med on the Star Clipper were three generations of a family from Washington State including the 14 year old son/grandson who I will call J. (name remembered). J. was the only child on board. He was "adopted" by the Captain. Within 24 hours of boarding the ship J. was given a personally conducted tour of the engine room. Usually the sea chart for the voyage is put in to a raffle which you can enter if you wish. On that occasion J. was asked by the Captain to draw the raffle, which he did. The chart was won by a gentleman passenger (I would love to win the chart, which I would frame and treasure). So, what did the gentleman do with the chart - yes, he gave it to J. Wonderful. We still have a picture of J. at the wheel steering the ship (under supervision of relevant crew member). Early one morning we were sailing in the lee of Corsica. On the outside part of the bridge there is an instrument showing the wind speed. J. was standing there and I explained the instrument to him and asked him to watch carefully and let me know if/when the needle went up to the figure 8. After a few minutes it did so. 8 is for force 8 - a gale. Because we were in the lee of Corsica the sea state was fairly calm despite the wind strength. The ship was really going - I said to J. ...."J. you are sailing in a gale". He went down below, got his mother out of bed and brought her up to the bridge to explain to her that she was sailing in a gale!!!