MEET OUR DECKHAND THORE
Position onboard: DECKHAND
Former occupation on land (or how do you keep yourself busy when you are not sailing)?
Different stuff, but mostly stuff to do with the sea or anything that pays (I have a rent to pay…).
Which book, film, or song and/or event inspired and sparked in you first,
the dream of a life at sea?
I have always been sailing on small boats, locally, but my interest in tall ships came from ‘Kontiki’, which my father showed to me at a young age.
What to pack for your sea chest, absolutely?
Socks! Bring all your socks! And a diary, but mostly socks.
What to leave ashore, doubtless?
Leave your impatience. Life at sea is sometimes really fast, but sometimes also really slow – so you got to pace yourself. It’s okay if sometimes things take time because you won’t go home at the end of the day, you stay and do a good job. Don’t rush, take your time and do it well.
Which is your favourite peace corner onboard aka where do you hide when you need to be alone.
Even when you want to be alone, you’re not alone. The foredeck at night is an okay place to try and get some privacy if no sailing manoeuvres are taking place. But tell your mate! (so they don’t have to look for you)
What do you like the most onboard: a detail of the ship, a routine, a
person, an activity…?
Crop-top-Sundays. Breakfast, especially porridge. Going to bed after a rough watch, to snuggle down & sleep like a baby until you get woken up by the other watch because they have maybe (!) seen a whale.
Three Magic Words to hold fast to onboard?
For the team! Stay on board! Do the dishes (I’m still trying to make it a pleasure…)!
If Tres Hombres was a wild creature, which one she would be?
A bumblebee – she shouldn’t be able to fly, but somehow she does.
Biggest fear before joining and greatest satisfaction on the way?
My biggest fear was if I didn’t click with the crew (would be a very, very long journey) and satisfying is, that I did. We have so many nice people on board, there is a sense of community and I feel safe with all of them.
Why Tres Hombres? Why did you choose to sign as a trainee or apply as
crew on board this vessel? What made you choose her over others?
The cargo part is inspiring, there are reasons for going where we’re going, and it makes every port special! I also enjoy the pure traditional sailing part! What’s more traditional than engineless cargo sailing? Nothing!