Breathtaking adventure around Elba Island: take the opportunity to relive the emotions, the sensations of the explorers of your favorite novel! Will the ship La Grace and its crew be able to transform a group of inexperienced sailors into the best pirate scum that sail the seven seas? What route will your destiny take?
You’re on a real tall ship!: the game will take place on a vessel sailing around the beautiful Tuscany Coast. You will live the story of your character, sleep and eat aboard the tall ship; but there will be landings to carry out missions, or simply to revel!
Round the clock shifts: a ship must be tended at all times; every participant will be assigned to shifts covering the whole day.
Crewing a Ship: seafaring is not only about harsh life. If you are bold enough to step aboard, you will experience the romance of the Age of Sail. You will have the chance to actually crew the ship, setting the course, taking the helm, trimming the sails, exploring faraway shores, diving in lovely secluded bays...
La Grace, a real Buccaneer Ship
We will sail aboard of “La Grace”, an incredible replica of a real tall ship from the second half of the 18th century. La Grace cruises the seas and oceans to bring sailing history to life. La Grace's crew arranges cruises on their historical ship for all interested people, together with training in marine crafts and their proud traditions.
According to available sources, La Grace was the name of the ship belonging to the first real Czech seafarer Augustin Heřman. He crossed the Atlantic several times in the service of the Dutch West Indies Company; later on, when out of service, he started his career as a privateer, raiding Spanish trade ships with La Grace. Eventually, he became the largest exporter of tobacco in America.
The ship's construction was begun in late 2008 in a professional shipyard in Egypt. La Grace was launched on water on 5th December 2010. The main reason for choosing that shipyard was the fact that there the boats and ships were still being built in the traditional way.
La Grace's Facebook Page
Life on a Tall Ship
As well as the food, accommodation will also be an integral part of your "Pirate experience". All participants will have a spot inside common sleeping rooms with bunk beds or hammocks. There are also a couple of private cabins that will be assigned according to the character you are playing. The ship has five bathrooms and electricity.
As inexperienced mariners, all characters will have to fulfill their duties, like cleaning the bridge, preparing food for the cook, trimming sails and so on. Shifts will be assigned and you will have the chance to experience all the parts of the real life on a sailing ship. Obviously there will also be plenty of rest and free time.
A SAILOR’S SACK
Space in a ship is limited and vital: all sailors know they must keep only what's strictly necessary for a pleasant journey. But since you’re still just novices, we did you a favour and put down a list of what you have to tuck in your sack. Note that this is not about your costume, but only a matter of space management.
We want indeed to avoid the use of rigid trolleys, because on the ship it will be difficult to store and hide them. So we strictly recommend to use a backpack or duffel bag for travelling with your stuff, and mask it using canvas or burlap bags so that they don’t look too modern. We’ll provide burlap sacks to players who need them.
Here is a sample equipment list:
MANDATORY Sleeping Bag
Bed sheets and pillowcase (pillows are on the ship)
A heavy sweater
A small towel
A small sack containing your beautycase
Two or three navy jersey/shirts with long and short sleeves (like Telnyashka, Armor lux or other striped shirts)
One or two pairs of simple historical pants
An adequate amount of socks and underpants
Boots or other historical shoes; note also that you can always stay barefoot on the ship.
OPTIONAL Historic Gloves for working with the ropes
A warm and long coat
Warm simple hat
Note that every dress on this list can be adapted/modified for your character. So it is only a general reminder of what is necessary on the ship.
For international players only, we will provide an option to get a warm sleeping bag from us, if you can't carry it by plane. You may either buy a brand-new sleeping bag from us (for €25), or rent a used one (e.g., used in a couple of larps in the past) for €10. In both case it will be a "10° C or more" sleeping bag.
Weather at sea
The sea may look quiet and beautiful from the coast, but every brave seaman must be ready to challenge its fury anytime. For this reason we recommend that every participant is prepared and aware that we aren’t in control of the weather. April in Central Italy is quite warm, but there may be some rains, or a cold Spring. In any case the temperatures will likely range from 10 °C (50 °F) during the night, to 20 °C (68 °F) or more during the day; in full sun, it may feel considerably warmer than this.
A useful tip is wearing layered clothes so that you can decide at any time to remove layers or add them. If you think you are sensitive to the cold, take a warm sweater to wear under your costume; bring some water repellant piece of clothing and an extra blanket for sleeping.
See “costume rental” in the Practicals page!