Sailing On The Pride


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A description of sailing on the topsail schooner Pride of Baltimore 2 as guest crew

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  • This is a photo of the Pride of Baltimore 2, a topsail schooner that I recently had the opportunity to sail on. After telling some of my friends about my experiences aboard this boat, some of them wanted to know a lot more details, in particular because they thought sailing on the Pride was something they might want to do themselves. Since I took a series of pictures during my two sails on the Pirde, I put together a little slidecast to show them and others what it’s like to sail on the Pride as guest crew.
  • Steering the Pride is one of the regular duties the guest crew participates in, although it requires a bit of adjustment sine most of us are used to steering smaller boats.
  • All those sails are hauled up and down with manpower, and guest crew assistance is most welcome. The big mainsail in particular is a heavy pull.
  • Then there’s the 700 pound anchor with its chain, which you can see coming up here on the windlass. Raising all that weight requires at least six people working hard for 10-15 minutes, and guests are always invited.
  • In truth, participating in sail handling and other hard labor is a small part of the guest crew experience on the Pride. The overall feeling is that you become part of a highly competent crew that is skillfully handling a powerful sailing machine that is going to interesting places. Here we are approaching Boston under sail, getting ready to enter the outer harbor with its many rocky islands.
  • When you’re aboard the Pride for days you obviously don’t spend all your time on deck. This shows the main salon, where the crew eats its meals and tends to hangs out when they aren’t on watch or sleeping. That gal sitting there is a new crew member studying the crew handbook, trying to learn all the various and complex components of the Pride. Behind her is the galley area, with coffee mugs hanging from the ceiling above the counter.
  • The Pride has a full-time cook, the only crewmember aside from the Captain who isn’t assigned to a watch. This picture shows Rob Lampe, who was cook on both my trips on the Pride. In a former life Rob was a professional baker, and behind him you can see the two stoves and ovens he uses on the Pride. Needless to say his bread is great, but I never heard anything but enthusiasm for Rob’s cooking, which is remarkable considering his non-stop work schedule. While underway, meals are served around watch changes at 8am, noon, and 8pm.
  • Here you see one of the three guest cabins, which are right off the main salon. Each cabin has two berths and a small chest for personal items. The cabins are certainly not roomy, but are more than adequate for sleeping and reading.
  • Here’s the head used by the guest crew and a couple of the regulars. That’s a shower you see on the left, with a toilet behind and sink to the right. The Pride has a watermaker, and fresh water is available for washing and quick showers.
  • Sailing On The Pride

    1. 1. Photo: Roger G. Stevens
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    3. 4. Pride of Baltimore 2, 2009 Spring Summer Fall
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