Twelve members from Marine Rescue Port Macquarie had an experience of a lifetime aboard the tall ship, Coral Trekker.
The tall ship sailed from Sydney, with stops at Broken Bay, Refuge Bay and Port Stephens, before arriving at Lady Nelson Wharf on Friday (April 9) to celebrate the Port Macquarie-Hastings bicentenary.
The 12 Marine Rescue Port Macquarie members, who undertook training ahead of the journey, were active crew members.
Natalie Welsh summed up the Coral Trekker experience as "totally amazing."
She said it was unique to be on the tall ship.
"The voyage from Sydney to Port Macquarie, and spending such a long time at sea, and the challenges of that as well, kind of takes you back to the early days of Australia in a way," Ms Welsh.
She also appreciated the camaraderie and the chance to enjoy the moment after the busy time during the floods.
Marine Rescue Port Macquarie unit commander Greg Davies said the experience was about seamanship and teamwork.
"It's not just about sailing - it's about living together [aboard the tall ship] and working together," he said.
The Coral Trekker is a 23-metre, square-rigged, wooden tall ship with distinctive rusty red sails.
The tall ship will be moored at Lady Nelson Wharf until April 18.
People can experience a lunch or dinner cruise, or enjoy a one hour sail trip on the Hastings River.
TAFE maritime operations students will complete the practical component of their course as the tall ship becomes a floating classroom.
Mr Davies said Port Macquarie was a traditional shipping port and the Coral Trekker's visit would bring back the nostalgia and history of tall ships coming in.
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