So for some my blog may seem to be misnamed as there really hasn’t been much sea action recently. That was until I was informed that I was going to help rig a safety system for going aloft on the “bounty” (the replica used in the film). That was of course after my crazy week in the luk wu gorge in the eastern new territories. All in all Asia pacific Adventure is as ever keeping me on my toes as the rigging of the safety sytem quickly became organising a staff day on the ship and that meant learning the rigging. The bounty is a fully rigged ship which means she has 3 masts with square sails plus staysails (jibs to the dinghy sailors out there) and a mizzen. Luckily for me she only currently flies 11 sails but unluckily the bigger of the square sails can have up to 12 lines to control them (braces, clewlines, buntlines, leechlines, tacks, sheets etc). A day and a half after first seeing the ship I was trying to explain tall ship sailing to 20 of the APA staff. There was definitely some confusion as the permanent crew dont speak english and my cantonese sailing terminology stops at “li seng” (pull rope). Anyway heres some photos of the sea at last, with more to come as I have a whole week on the Bounty in November.
Bani and B help a student on the traverse in the Gorge.
Geordie, Alex and Piak taking in the views of the harbour from the main mast crows nest
Thats all for now, another busy week ahead with a 5 day program in Hong kong then some planning for a trip to Lijang and the Tibetan plateau……