After sharing a few videos of her sailing and even my schooner climb, I thought it was time to share my part of helping restore this glorious tall ship. Working on the completely wooden gaff rigged knockabout Schooner Virginia from December 2016 – May 2017. Stripping, sanding, sealing, splicing, painting and more.
I take on the challenge of climbing 90 feet to the top cap of the main mast of the Schooner Virginia. Starting with a free climb up to the spreaders to take in the views of the Elizabeth River, Sail Nauticus, and the Battleship Wisconsin.
Schooner Virginia left her home in Norfolk, Virginia for the bluer waters of Cape Charles on the Eastern Shore. After a lovely sunset cruise, a storm chases her back to the dock.
Hello, Sailors! We set sail on the Schooner Virginia again! We sailed along the Elizabeth River for a while. See what it’s like to be crew on a tall ship.
Plus, a little bonus!
We’re setting sail! See what it’s like to haul to raise sails, coil lines, and sail aboard the Schooner Virginia.
Schooner Virginia is a 122-foot wooden knockabout schooner in Norfolk, Virginia. She was restored over the winter 2016-2017 and just started sailing again!
After months and months of work, the Schooner Virginia debuts at the Norfolk Harborfest where she leads the Parade of Sail.
I got a GoPro Hero5 Session camera and a Blue Snowball Ice mic for my birthday! I am so excited to share better videos with you.
Birthday Sail. Aboria Luminarium. Adventure Cat. Lifting the spars and anchors back onto the Schooner Virginia via crane.
Sanding Schooner Virginia’s blocks, splicing lines, replacing sails and a well-deserved sunset sail.
I’d say our sailing club, like any club, has a big social component. We spend many days on the water but once a week we have camaraderie after racing, once a month we have a potluck, and about once a quarter we have an open house. I am always looking for fun sail themed dishes to bring.
Here is a quick guide to the Caprese Tall Ships I made recently.
- 2 Tomatoes
- 1 Basil Plant
- Balsamic Glaze
- 1 Pack (10 Slices) of Mozzarella.
- 1 Baguette or Crustini
1.) Start by slicing your baguette into rounds about 1/4 of an inch thick. This way they’re thick enough to be a sturdy base for the mast (toothpick).
2.) Slice the tomato into half rounds. (First, slice into rounds then cut them down the middle.) Lay 1 slice on each of the baguette rounds.
3.) Center a full or half leaf of basil on the tomato. (I had giant basil leaves so I ripped them down the middle)
4.) Add a drop, line, or swirl of Balsamic Glaze.
5.) Cut your slice of cheese. Trim the rough edge. Then cut in half. Finally, cut the top 1/3 off the rest of the slice.
The longer side ends up being the sides of the sail. While the shorter edges are the top and bottom.
6.) Assemble your sail! Fold your larger rectangle of cheese to be the bottom sail and your smaller rectangle to be the topsail.
7.) Poke your mast through the center of your boat. For the best results, make sure it goes through the basil leaf, tomato, and bread.
- Use full thickness cheese slices. Thin slices end up being too crumbly!
- I found it easiest to hold both (shorter) ends of the cheese together and pierce them both then slide them apart to the appropriate spacing.