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One and All, Final Season Sail

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Avast, me hearties and we'll go a sailing on this tall ship

Have you ever dreamed of experiencing the same as thousands of sailors across the ages, and actually standing on the deck of a Tall Ship? The One and All offers you this unique experience, where you feel like you are stepping back in time as the engines fade away, you watch the wind fill the sails, and the ship surges forth under the wind's power. The final sail for the season will be on 23 May 2015, boarding at 9.15am. The One and All departs Port Adelaide, McLaren Wharf at 10.00am, and returns at 3.00pm.

One and All, Final Season Sail; 23 May 2015.
You can climb the rigging just like a sailor of yesteryear.

Marketing and Booking Manager, Annie Roberts says: "Sailing on One and All is different from going out on a normal sailing ship, because you get to see the workings of a traditional sailing ship with its crew. Passengers have the opportunity to be engaged in the experience, whether it's steering the ship with the Captain, or out on the bow nets to see the dolphins, or climbing the mast and enjoying the view from on high. It is all adventure stuff you can get involved in. It is left up to you as to how much you wish to get involved. If you wish, you can sit back and relax in a deck chair and have some food, cool drinks or tea and coffee."

One and All, Final Season Sail; 23 May 2015.
Some passengers like to venture out on the bow nets.

Roberts said, "Under the watchful supervision of our experienced crew, passengers can climb the rigging just like the sailors of yesteryear, but with the added assurance of 21st century safety gear. We show you how, and it is up to you how high you would like to climb. You can push your boundaries, if you like."

While some people only climb a couple of rungs and may feel they have conquered Mt. Everest, other passengers climb higher. Some people venture out on the bow nets at the front of the ship. The nets are like commando nets, where you can sit and often will see the dolphins scooting underneath, and the waves ripping past the bow of the ship.

One and All, Final Season Sail; 23 May 2015.
From the bow of One and All you can observe the dolphins ripping past underneath.

Sailing with the wind can be a very peaceful, and a special, picturesque experience when the dolphins come past, as they love to ride the bow waves and appear to be playing 'chicken' with the ship. You can see them from a very different perspective when you are sitting right over the top of them. There are moments when you feel like you could almost put your hands through the net and touch them, because you are only about 3 metres above, if that.

As there are lots of dolphins in the Port Adelaide channel and basin, it is very unlikely that you would go out and not see a dolphin. We are so lucky to have so many in our backyard. Some people interstate have to travel long distances to see dolphins in the wild, while we have them in our dolphin sanctuary in the Port River and basin, so it is a very unique metropolitan sanctuary where you can see them so close.

On the One and All, the distance travelled varies, as it depends on how strong the breeze is, and whether all the sails are put up. In full sail, we will get down the coast quite a reasonable distance, and then turn out to sea, and come back. It is all about giving people the pleasure of sailing, rather than trying to get from point A to B.

It is not about trying to beat the speed record from Port Adelaide to Glenelg. It is more about getting up as much sail, and getting everyone involved, turning the engines off, and seeing the ship perform under wind. That is the ultimate goal of seeing how these ships operated 150 years ago. There were no engines then, it was all with sail. That is the extreme experience of seeing how these ships use to operate with power from the wind.

This is the last sail for this season, then the One and All has a break for about 8 weeks. She has a service or refit, and everything is checked to make sure she is still compliant with surveys. This is a compulsory requirement for the Maritime industry. All the ships have to be surveyed every year to make sure that they comply with what her certificate states.

In August, the new sailing events will commence. In November, there will be twilight sails, more voyages and day sails, and open days. There a lots of things planned for 2015/16.

Roberts said, "We encourage people to be part of One and All, because we have a lot happening and we need a lot more resources, so we are keen to expand our pool of valuable people. Although we have a great team of volunteers, we are conducting a recruitment and training program to attract more people to join us, come on board to be involved and expand our pool of valuable people."

One and All, Final Season Sail; 23 May 2015.
We encourage people to be part of One and All.
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Why? Unique opportunity to explore your sense of adventure sailing on a traditional Tall Ship from Port Adelaide, through the dolphin sanctuary and along the metropoltan coastline.
When: Saturday, 23 May 2015, Boarding 9.15am, Depart 10.00am and return 3.00pm.
Phone: 0432 495 603. Email:
Where: Departs Port Adelaide, McLaren Wharf near the red lighthouse.
Cost: Adults $95 Concession: $75 Child (6 to 14 years) $65.
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