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Guest Blogger: Back in the Saddle

Posted by Tall Ships America on June 27, 2012

Pride of Baltimore II is on their way up the coast to join the fleet in Newport, RI for the Ocean State Tall Ships® Festival that starts on Friday, July 6th. Captain Jamie Trost is back at the helm and in this post, he writes about what it’s like to sail a tall ship.

Back in the Saddle-The Complex Versatility of Pride II

Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Pos: 39 13.5′N x 074 12.3′W
Wx: NxW F 4-5, Seas 3-5′ Clear
Pride of Baltimore II Sailing under Fore Tops’l, Fores’l, Stays’l, and Jib at 9-10 knots

Pride of Baltimore II is back at sea today after a month in her home waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Having relieved Captain Miles yesterday morning in Baltimore, I’m back at sea aboard her for the first time in nine months. Shoreside logistics kept us alongside until after noon yesterday, and our sail out from the Inner Harbor was shortened because the North wind would allow no progress up the narrow channels to the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. But this morning at 0426 we secured engines and ran down the Delaware Bay like a thoroughbred horse penned up too long. Now – with a Northwest breeze intent on blowing the summer sky clear of clouds, the Ocean off the Jersey beaches alive and frothy, and six eager guest crew aboard – it’s a fine day to be back “in the saddle.”

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