A tall ship cruise that promises the opportunity to climb the rigging brings out the pirate in all of us. Suddenly we’re all quoting Captain Jack Sparrow.
And I have a Sex Pistols song in my head, alternating with Ten Pole Tudor. Not sure why Ten Pole Tudor features but there is something piratey about “too ra loo ra loo ra lay, over the hills with the swords of a thousand men…”
Anyway, this day out on the Harbour is one that even the fussiest of kids would approve of (and we had one of those with us).
We set sail from the Rocks with a jovial crew, full of jokes and sailing facts to impress the kiddies. They’ve soon got a little Pied Piper following of kids chasing them with questions, eager to help pull ropes and explore the ship.
While some of us climb the rigging, the rest of get to play with guns. Not real guns of course – semi-automatic shot guns reconfigured as laser guns.
We get to shoot plastic clay pigeons fired from the stern of the ship, which some poor guy then has to chase around in a tinny and collect (this is an eco-friendly ship – no plastic pollution)
A bbq lunch is served while some of the others are still climbing the rigging, and for those of us who have a bar tab, unlimited bubbly, beer and wine.
All in all, a pretty impressive day out – good food, good fun, great views.
Check out our video for more pirating fun… and visit the website: www.sydneytallships.com.au