Getting to sail on the Niagara was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I did things I never thought I could do. Working ‘aloft’ ninety feet above the water, under sail and a full moon—the history and the seamanship—it was like stepping back in time. My body hurt. My hands were raw and my head ached and I would go back on tomorrow if I could. Some experiences are just worth it. I’ll never forget my time on the Niagara.The crew was inspiring. I saw amazing things every day. In a world growing ever more virtual, the tactile experience of what it takes to sail a square-rigger and what it means to push yourself for good of the ship was worth every rope burn and sleepless night. I know that my time on Niagara will stay with me for the rest of my life.
– Vanessa V, 2013 Niagara Trainee
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