Posted by Tall Ships America on July 9, 2015
By Anna Sprague
Crew from L’Hermione, A.J. Meerwald, Kalmar Nyckel, and Picton Castle all showed up Tuesday morning ready to play soccer despite there being 90% humidity. Once at the fields, we warmed up and divided into teams. The teams were people in dark shirts versus people in light shirts. There was a small cheering squad in the stands from L’Hermione. The score was not kept but I’m fairly sure light shirt team scored more. After about 45 minutes, we decided it was time for a water break.
After the water break we decided to try “Swedish handball.” It’s a game combining soccer and handball. If it hits the ground you play soccer rules but you can kick it up to a teammate and, if they catch it, the game now is played by the rules of handball. It’s a fast-paced, exciting game that everyone enjoyed. Once again, the score was not kept but it was decided that dark shirts won as they scored the last goal.
It was a successful event all around. Running is not something sailors get to do often on a ship and it was nice to bring several crews together to enjoy these games.