August 21, 2012 in Category At Sea,Ireland,Scarlett Adventures...,UK

A Pirate’s Life For Me

Last Wednesday my Dad woke me up at the crack of  dawn with a series of relentless, unforgiving phone calls…

Assuming, obviously, that he’d either won the lottery or someone had died, I eventually picked up and, through my sleepy haze, heard him say:

“They just announced on the radio that they’re looking for two volunteers between 16-24 to help sail one of the Tall Ships from Dublin to Liverpool for three days. Why don’t you apply?”

“…why don’t I apply?” I said to my boyfriend an hour later through a mouthful of cereal, “I could sail a pirate ship!”

He rolled his eyes.

(He does that a lot.)

“I could sail a fucking pirate ship” I said, louder this time, unsure whether I was trying to convince him or myself.

“Just apply then” he replied, trying to muffle a laugh at the thought of me trying to hoist a sail, “Loads of people have probably rang in though, so you probably won’t get it.”

Fast forward twenty-four hours and I’m sat in a board room in Liverpool getting briefed by Jim; Chair of the Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust, about the best remedies to combat sea sickness…

…and that was that. I had just, on a whim, volunteered to hang up my heels and climb aboard the De Gallant for three days.

Basically, for those who don’t know; every year over the August bank holiday, around 14 tall ships spend around three days racing across the Irish Sea in a regatta stretching from Dublin to Liverpool… and this year little old Scarlett is going to be part of the Swashbuckling crew!

So, let’s not beat around the bush… here are just a few of the things I’m a wee bit concerned about:

Being a Klutz 

More times than I’d care to admit,  I’ll be holding a glass full of water and the next thing I know there’s a loud smash and my feet are wet… I, quite literally, just forget to keep holding. I’m sure that this is exactly the sort of thing that is frowned upon when climbing the rigging!

Taking a dip:

Along with my all-consuming fear that a freak wave will wash me right off the deck, one of the items on our Kit List is ‘swimwear’. Sorry, what the fuck? I’ve taken the ferry across the Irish sea before and I can categorically say, there is absolutely no way I would survive popping in for a quick dip.

Being Camera Ready:

I’m no diva, but with all the North West media outlets, from the papers to local news channels covering the event, I’m not sure the “three days on a boat” look is the one I fancy facing camera’s with. So the real question is, how frowned upon is it to take a bottle of St. Tropez on a boat with you?

Concerns aside, I definitely fancy myself as the next rum-swigging, Jack Sparrow and giving the pirate life a go has always been a dream of mine… so stay tuned for updates.


18 comments… read them below or add one

Monica August 21, 2012 at 4:10 pm

This is going to be amazing! And hilarious. Can’t wait to read all about it!


Scarlett August 23, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Thank Mon, I hope so! xx


Tom @ Waegook Tom August 21, 2012 at 4:24 pm

I cannot WAIT to read the post that comes as a result of this! I’m anticipating a freak wave washing off your fakey T just as you’ve squeezed the last of your St Tropez out.

I’m cruel, I know.


Scarlett August 23, 2012 at 2:08 pm

You are very cruel Tom, But yeah, I think you’re probably spot on there lol! I’ll be unrecognisable by the time I return! x


ShimonZ August 22, 2012 at 7:30 am

This sounds like it’s well worth documenting!


Scarlett August 23, 2012 at 2:07 pm

It’ll certainly be memorable! xx


snowbird August 22, 2012 at 11:44 am

I imagine it will be an incredible expeience, full of great and awful bits. Good luck, I can’t wait to hear how you get on.xxxx


Scarlett August 23, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Thanks Snow Bird… I’m sure the good will outweigh any seasickness! x


Dani Blanchette August 23, 2012 at 12:22 am

This is brilliant! I think it is awesome that you won, and i cannot wait to hear how the rest of this goes!!!

And a tip on the rigging bit, if they let you climb it – as a concert rigger in the states, a rule of thumb is : you are fine as long as there are 3 points on contact. foot-foot-hand, hand-hand-foot, toe-head-knee – i dont know why, but it always seems to work.

Although in concerts there is usually not waves, and wetness, and sharks and shit.


Scarlett August 23, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Thanks for the tip Dani – I’d love to climb the rigging – let’s just hope I can hold on! xx


Andrew Patterson August 24, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Oh, I am so jealous! I love that! 😀 Have a wonderful time and take lots of pictures! 😀


Scarlett August 24, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Thanks Andrew, I will!x


Lesley Peterson August 29, 2012 at 3:19 am

Sounds too fun – can’t wait to see the pics! but pack some motion sickness pills or you could end up wearing something much less attractive than swimwear:P


Scarlett September 4, 2012 at 10:01 am

Haha! Love it xx


Sophie August 31, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Haha, good luck with that one! Amazing they accepted you so quick and I can’t wait to read about it :)


Chris September 9, 2012 at 11:20 am

that sounds freaking epic! I sailed on a tall ship from London to Amsterdam and it was great fun – can’t wait to see your pics :)


lola September 16, 2012 at 1:37 pm

you and i are so much alike it frightens me. i definitely imagine myself as an excellent rum-swigging pirate and i would most assuredly bring sun oil for getting the best tan while swabbing the deck. what can i say, i’m a multi-tasker!

signed X marks the spot – LOLA


Scarlett September 19, 2012 at 10:34 am

Haha soul sisters Lola darling! We would be amazing pirates x


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