CADETS and staff of TS ORION, the Snowy Mountains' Navy Cadet Unit, travelled to Sydney in June to enjoy the experience of a night and a day on the tall ship, the James Craig.
The James Craig is Sydney's only 19th Century square rigger (or tall ship) and was restored to full sailing condition between 1981, when she was towed to Sydney from Hobart, and 1997 when she was relaunched in February of that year. Her restoration cost almost $30 million.
Cadets from TS ORION toured the Canberra War Memorial on Saturday before joining cadets from TS CANBERRA for the James Craig experience, sleeping in hammocks below decks in the cargo hold Saturday night, before braving the harbour and the open ocean for a six hour sail on Sunday.
The conditions were challenging for lake sailors with a stiff breeze and a 1.5 metre swell resulting in many a green face and worse, however true to form, the cadets rallied well to assist the crew with the function of the ship, hauling lines and adjusting rigging.
The day culminated with a return to the calmer waters of Darling Harbour where the cadets recovered their land legs in preparation for the journey home.