Scandi-lously great time for cou­ple

Sunderland Echo - - The Tall Ships Races 2018 are here -

A Scan­di­na­vian sail­ing cou­ple are lov­ing life at the Tall Ships in Sun­der­land.

And they’re cher­ish­ing their time so much on the seas that they have de­voted their lives to be­com­ing full-time sailors.

Vik­tor Ry­bka and Mie Schi­ett, from Nor­way, came in on the Sor­lan­det – the world’s old­est and most au­then­tic fully-rigged ship still in ac­tive ser­vice.

It’s far from be­ing their de­but as sailors.

The pair learned their skills on the train­ing ship the Dan­mark with the aim of work­ing in the mar­itime in­dus­try.

Vik­tor ex­plained that the Dan­mark trains ‘or­di­nary sea­men’.

For Vik­tor, he’s a rel­a­tive vet­eran of 12 years in sail train­ing and Mie can boast more than five years on the wa­ter.

But even so, Wear­side is a new ex­pe­ri­ence for them.

It’s Mie’s first trip to Eng­land, and the sec­ond visit for Vik­tor.

She said: “English peo­ple are very nice, and it’s great to be at the Tall Ships in Sun­der­land – it’s a very good event.

“We’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to be­ing part of the Tall Ships ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Vik­tor Ry­bka and Mie Schi­ett.

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