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The tall ship Soren Larsen sails to Port Macquarie and docks at Lady Nelson Wharf | The Macleay Argus

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Twelve members of Marine Rescue Port Macquarie had the experience of a lifetime traveling from Sydney to Port Macquarie aboard the tall ship Soren Larsen. Large crowds gathered at Lady Nelson Wharf on Tuesday as the tall ship arrived at 11am for an overnight stopover before continuing along the coast to Brisbane. Crew member Len Smart said the experience was fantastic and a great learning experience for the team. “There are a lot of members here who have never sailed, so it’s been a great experience for them,” he said. “The teamwork was fantastic, our crew did a wonderful job. “We cleaned the decks, cooked for everyone and did a bit of sailing as well. “We all bonded over the journey learning seamanship and camaraderie so it will be great to take it with us off the ship. I think the main thing is that we all learned something new every shift.” The Soren Larsen was one of the last cargo-carrying sailing ships, built in 1949 by the Danish shipbuilding family Soren Larsen and Sons in northern Denmark. Tall Ships skipper Marty Woods said it was great to have Marine Rescue Port Macquarie on board. “The trip was unreal, it was great to have the crew on board so they could practice a bit,” he said. “It was great to show them what a traditional ship looks like, to teach them how to trim the sails and to show them a bit of sailing too.” Mr Woods said the man overboard exercise and the fire drill were the greatest learning experiences for the crew members. “It was especially good for them to see how difficult it is to bring a man overboard back on board, things like that have been a really great experience for the crew.” Jody Geosits, coordinator of the community involvement from Fortem Australia, traveled with the crew while the company supported the trip. “The trip was amazing, I felt like everyone was really connected throughout the trip,” she said. a little nauseous on the third day, but I was more than fine after some rice crackers and Coke. them,” he said. “It’s just a good experience for them to be able to develop their seamanship and camaraderie. “It’s important for them to take every opportunity they can to learn more about boats, how they perform at sea and all the responsibilities of maintaining a vessel over a long period of time. period of time. “For example, when we’re doing search and rescue, we might be there for 12-13 hours, so this experience helps build that camaraderie and also teaches them to work together closely for long periods of time.” “The trip was very important for the crew.” Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content: