I’m Jess - one of the Seafaring Trainees of SHTP2. I’m so excited and proud to be part of the Shipshape programme. Hailing from land-locked Birmingham, seafaring may seem a bit of an odd choice of career! But I have a real love of the sea and for old wooden sailing boats; and after 10 years in the education sector, the last six of which working alone in a windowless office, it was time to turn my passion into a career.
Jess sailed on Tall Ship Morgenster and has since pursued her interest of traditional maritime vessels having volunteered and crewed Brixham sailing trawler Pilgrim, and pilot cutter Amelie Rose, providing a solid foundation of skills and knowledge to build on over the next 12 months.
UPDATE MAY 2021 - I reckon one of the best ways to gauge your own skills and knowledge is to try and teach someone else and May has presented me with lots of opportunities for both teaching and learning... Read more
UPDATE APRIL 2021 - I get a real buzz from packing the van ahead of another adventure. I often plan weeks in advance with to-do lists and little piles of items I've spotted around the house and thought “ah, I’ll take that with me”. But it always ends up being a frantic, last minute affair... Read more
UPDATE MARCH 2021 - Unbelievably it’s been nearly 6 months since I last wrote a Shipshape blog. While there has been no great seafaring adventures to share or yarns to spin, it has been a very busy and productive time... Read more
UPDATE AUGUST 2020 - This was one of several short trips out on Pellew in August, all of which had been used for promotion - magazine photoshoots and gathering drone footage for her feature video...Read more
UPDATE JUNE 2020 - June has been a month of (quite literally) tying up loose ends to make Pellew look as good inside as she does out
UPDATE MAY 2020 - It was great to be back on the water and a really fun and interesting day - and another adventure to add to the list!
UPDATE APRIL 2020 - I’m not quite sure where April went. I had settled into the lockdown routine and pottered about with little projects such as sewing a ditty bag made of sailcloth and continued to work hard on Day Skipper....
UPDATE FEBRUARY 2020 - A friend of mine has a mantra they get new sail trainees to repeat when the going gets tough on the water and the fear sets in: “I’m not scared, I am excited! I’m not scared, I am excited!...” READ HERE
UPDATE DECEMBER 2019 - As our time continued, we learned many useful joinery methods including Thalvings, mortise and tenons, dovetails and scarf joints. Some were easier than others, but we all had something to show by the end of our time there....READ HERE
OCTOBER BLOG - One of the biggest highlights of our time in Falmouth for me was visiting Working Sail - Luke Powell’s boat yard.