The Thalatta Experience
Living and working on board Thalatta introduces young people to a simpler way of life, where the days follow a tried and tested routine.
Waking up in another world
We dress and tie the hammocks up out of the way, and get the table ready for breakfast.
There’s cereal and a hot cooked breakfast, and we all eat together.
Deck duties after breakfast
Down below they wash up and sweep out the hold. Up on deck we scrub and polish.
Winding up the anchor, setting the sails
Working together, we wind up the anchor and haul on ropes to set the sail.
Taking a turn on the wheel
We keep to the course set by the Skipper.
Lunch at last
We’re pretty hungry after the morning’s hard work!
We sail down the coast
Going with the tide, and with everything set, we make good time.
Brailing up the mainsail
We’re nearly at our destination.
Stowing the foresail
Once the anchor is dropped, we neatly stow everything away.
We take a trip ashore…
We go ashore in the barge boats, Jane and John.
… and we might have a swim
It’s pretty cold, but refreshing!
Back on board, we pull the boats up
We pull Jane and John up on their davits.
Then there’s some free time
We play card games and practice some knots.
We’re pretty hungry by dinner time
It’s all gone in about ten minutes!
In the evening we write in the log books
We plot where we sailed and write about what we saw.
We read for a while, then it’s lights out
Everyone is pretty tired, so it’s not long before we’re all asleep.