An Invitation to Sail

Published: May. 2, 2019 at 12:36 PM CDT
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When the fleet of tall ships arrives in Green Bay this July, you will have more than just the opportunity to step on board.

You can also set sail and be part of the crew on a ship that's currently in the tropics.

"You can see in the background there's a beautiful tropical island, this is called Grenada," says Captain Dirk Lorenzen.

Via Skype Thursday, we caught up with Captain Lorenzen on board the

Picton Castle

in the Caribbean.

In just a few months, he'll be sailing the ship into Green Bay and looking for some help.

"This is a ship that thrives on participation on multiple levels, on many levels from people who come and sail with us," says Lorenzen.

At a cost of a little over $100 a day, you can join the crew of the

Picton Castle

for the fourth leg of its Great Lakes tour, from July 21 through August 4.

"It's going to be a mind-blowing experience for people who have never done it because everything we do is different to what we would do ashore, so sail setting, going aloft into the rig, trimming sail, or even the chores we do every day to keep the ship clean, to prepare our own food, so we are basically a little self-sufficient community," says Lorenzen.

Built in 1928, the

Picton Castle

is reminiscent of the last incarnation of square rig sailing ships in the late 1890's.

It's the largest of eight tall ships sailing into Green Bay this summer.

Captain Lorenzen says you don't need any experience to be part of the crew, just good health and a good attitude.

"Smiling, keen people we would love to see, and it's going to be a hoot," says Lorenzen.

to find out how to join the crew.

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