Tuesday, March 29, 2005

The main mast and the mizzen mast.

The fore-mast with the 3 yards and the fore gaff.

Preparing the trainess to go aloft. Make sure those safety belts are tight!

Climbing the fore-mast. One trainee is climbing down. The toughest part of the climb is just below the platform where the ratlines are like climbing on the underside of a ladder. There are no safety cables either, so you've just got to do it.

The Bowsprit. Those who didn't want to climb the masts got to crawl out on the bowsprit to watch.

Up on the bow, I'd just climbed up to the Lower yard. We all have the baseball cap type helmets on as well as the yellow safety belts ( that you can't see here).

I think I can see my house from here...looking out on Awaji.

That's my bridge! I've never seen it from this angle before. On the left is Awaji Island and the right is the mainland island, Honshu. The longest suspension bridge in the world!

Captain Aki gives a position report and shows the wind currents of the area. The chart has our course mapped out with positions every 15 minutes. So cool! I want to know how to do that!

A view of Kobe from over 100 ft in the air!

Holding on for dear life, but still having fun! You always have to pose for a picture! We are standing on a rope that is only about 2 feet below the yard, making it very difficult to keep your balance. We do have our safety belts on that are cliped to the safety line directly behind us.

Looking down from the T'gallant. We're about 28 meters high, about 92 feet.

The trainees up on the square topsail and lower sail. The topgalant group already climbed down.

The Knot Master. I met my match. He knows way more than I do, but I was able to stump him! We were challenging each other with types of Bowline knots and he didn't know the Spanish bowline. Well, I didn't know it either, but I looked it up and then showed it to him. :)

Some of decorative knots works of the master.

An amazing work of knots.

A couple crew leaders. They have their yellow belts on because they're about to climb up and secure the sail (tie it up).

A couple more crew leaders.

We met with our group one last time to share our thoughts on the weekend. I understood most of what was said, but when it came to my turn, I couldn't put in Japanese what I wanted to say. I said it in English and Jun-kun, our leader, said he got chills! He was a riot.

Captain Aki giving his farewell speech which, in accordance to Japanese custom, was quite lengthy.

Pulling back into Osaka Bay.