Teamwork: Sail trainee Kristina Bean with friend Adam Corrigan, her full-sighted 'buddy' on board the ship. *Photo supplied
Teamwork: Sail trainee Kristina Bean with friend Adam Corrigan, her full-sighted 'buddy' on board the ship. *Photo supplied
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As 45-knot winds whipped the tall ship Tenacious and sent her rolling from side to side, Kristina Bean began to wonder what she had let herself in for.

The 25-year-old Bermudian had not spent much time at sea before she joined the crew in Antigua.

The first pangs of seasickness were a worrying start to her 11-day voyage across the Atlantic.

But before long she found herself hauling in the ship’s vast sails, chopping vegetables for the evening meal and filling out the weather log.

Ms. Bean described the trip to Bermuda as an “incredible experience”.

Amazing

It is even more remarkable because she is visually impaired.

She said: “We helped out wherever we were needed and did everything the permanent crew did.

“We helped set the sails, did the watches at different times of the day, filled in the log books and made sure everyone was accounted for.

“I met a lot of really interesting people and did some pretty amazing things.

“I got seasick twice when we had some pretty high winds but I coped okay.

“It was a great experience to be in the middle of the sea and just surrounded by hundreds of miles of sea.”

Ms Bean flew out from Bermuda to join the crew of Tenacious in Antigua on February 23. The tall ship left Antigua on February 25, stopping briefly in St. Kitts, before heading east to Bermuda.

Tenacious sailed into Hamilton on March 6 and stayed for nearly a week.

She left the island on Saturday afternoon but Ms Bean stayed at home this time.

Tenacious is bound for the Azores now and will then go to her home port of Southampton in the U.K.

Ms Bean, who is partially blind in her left eye and has tunnel vision in her right, said: “I’d recommend this experience to anyone.

“The food on board was great and the permanent crew were excellent teachers.

“Some of the crew saw whales and dolphins. One day we woke up and found 15 flying fish on our deck

“I enjoyed being part of a team and the experience of living at sea. It was something completely different for me. I went back to the ship several times once we arrived in Bermuda and I was sad to see her leave.”

Tenacious is run by the Jubilee Sailing Trust in the U.K. and is specially adapted to enable people of all physical abilities to sail.

She has been touring the world since 2000, giving men and women of all ages, who would not normally get the chance to experience life at sea, exactly that opportunity.

To find out more about the trust visit www.jst.org.uk.

Elsewhere in the shipping world this week, all three container ships are due to arrive in Hamilton with food, supplies and a even a couple of boats.

Research

The Somers Isles is expected today and will leave on Friday, while the Bermuda Islander is due tomorrow and leaves the following day.

The research ship, Walther Herwig III, left Penno’s Wharf in St. George’s yesterday bound for the Sargasso Sea.

She is due to return to Bermuda at the beginning of April when her team of scientists has completed their studies.

Finally, the cable ship Peter Faber leaves Dockyard today.

She arrived in the West End on Tuesday, a couple of days behind schedule.

She was late because bad weather delayed the repair work she was doing out at sea.