Everyone's heart gets stolen when the tall ships come to town, but for Lina and Valdas Japertas it has a special meaning. The two young people met for the very first time during the 2009 Tall Ships Races when both were working as liaison officers - Lina was a 'zone co-ordinator', in charge of a group of liaison officers, or LOs are they are known in port. Valdas had been assigned to be LO to a ship but was asked at the last minute to fill in as a zone co-ordinator. At first he was reluctant, but then he saw Lina smile and knew that being her co-worker would bring him closer to the girl of his dreams!
The rest, as they say, is history. The pair married in Klaipeda in May 2011 and had their wedding photographs taken on the quayside area where they first met. They were on honeymoon when Valdas received a text message asking him to be Chief Liaison Officer for the Culture Regatta. So they are both back once again, but this time as Mr & Mrs Japertas.
Good luck to both of you from the whole Tall Ships family.