Posted: February 20, 2019 7:03 pm
While voluntary, there are many opportunities for hands-on participation. There are certain times during the sail when we will ask specifically for help from day sail students, such as hauling up our small boat and setting the topsails, Niagara’s largest and main-driving sails. If you would like to have a very active sail, there are plenty of opportunities to haul (pull) on lines (ropes). You could even possibly steer the ship. Do not be shy about asking the crew if they could use some help hauling on a line! The crew will explain what to do. Additionally, the crew can discuss the process of sail setting and maneuvering so you can learn how the lines are working the sails aloft. Participation in safety drills is mandatory.