This week, our Signature sailors set sail on a Tall Ships adventure. We chose 5 lucky Signature Living employees to take party in this unforgettable experience.
We’re sponsoring our team to join 9 other trainees and 6 skilled crew members to travel on the ‘Maybe’ tall ship.
Tall Ships 2018
Sailing from Dublin to Scotland, the team are set to spend 7 days on board. And we can’t wait to hear all about it.
A fantastic self-development opportunity, this voyage will test commitment and build upon leadership and teamwork skills.
TS Maybe boasts a fascinating maritime history. Built in 1929 and owned by Jan Jacob Van Rietschoten, TS Maybe spent years sailing the world, and famously won the Whitbread Round the World Race twice.
Notably, TS Maybe took part in the first ever Tall Ships Race back in 1956. Today, she is one of few boats still competing in the Tall Ships Races! So, we couldn’t have been more pleased with our Signature Sailors jumping aboard.
While on board, our team and the rest of the crew ensure that Maybe sails smoothly 24 hours a day. Working together with a three watch system, keeping watch is split into Red, White and Blue.
The system means that everyone has to work together. The ship can’t sail safely without everyone pulling their weight.
Each crew member has the chance to keep watch, steer the ship, learn traditional sailing techniques, log book entries, plot the course, set the sails and of course, catch some beautiful sights and have plenty of fun along the way.
The Structure of the Ship
The TS Maybe ship is a gaff ketch. According to maybe-sailing.com, this means that the sails of the ship are four cornered, fore-and-aft rigged and controlled at its peak by a spar (pole) called the gaff.
The key characteristic for distinguishing if a boat is a Ketch is that the mainmast (the forward of the two masts) is bigger than the after mast. TS Maybe has a total of 7 sails. The length of the ship overall comes to 28m in length while the height of Maybe’s main mast is 25m.
Maybe-Sailing describes the ship as ‘a strong sea worthy vessel build with extra strength by using steel frames, a hardwood hull and teak decking.”
When it comes to the inside of the ship, TS Maybe is split into three key areas. You’ll find a 6-berth cabin and shower room located in the forepeak of the ship.
In the midships area, crew will discover the galley, saloon, 4 more cabins and another shower room.
Last but not least is the ‘dog house’ section of the ship. This sleeps 2 crew members and is also home to the navigations and radio equipment, as well as the engine room.
Working for Signature Living
Signature Living is without a doubt one of the fastest growing companies in Liverpool, with a growing presence across the UK.
With new venues set to open in Liverpool, Manchester, Belfast and beyond, it’s certainly an exciting time to become part of the Signature gang.
Covering everything from marketing and media to hospitality, sales, construction and managerial roles, we employ a wide range of people with a variety of skills.