Hermione’s new crew heads for the Channel

Heaving up the sails is just one of the many strenuous tasks the gabiers learn

Dozens of new recruits will take to sea this month on the first leg of a three-month journey to sail the replica frigate Hermione to Normandy for the 75th anniversary commemorations of D-Day.

Training started in December when the 56 new gabiers – many of them volunteers – were sent up the rigging of the three-masted wooden vessel to make sure they could handle the 40m height.

Precarious seat for one new gabier on Hermione as they practise securing a sail

Then they were ...

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