YEAR 10 and 12 students from the Woodroffe School recently joined a trainee crew on tall ship ‘The Pelican of London’.
Over the six day experience the students learnt the basics of how to sail the ship and the joys of shifts between midnight and 4am. They set sail from Portland to Sark in the Channel Islands first, and then sailed onwards to Salcombe and Dartmouth and back home to Lyme Regis.
During the week, the trainee crew learnt about the different parts of the sails, how to man the ship, helloing the boat, navigating and even scrubbing the decks. The students were also able to climb the rigging to stow the sails.
Other highlights included relaxing on the bow in the sun, exploring the Island of Sark for a day and Dartmouth for an evening.
Student James Turner commented: “The tall ship challenge was brilliant; it was great fun to meet new people and learn how to sail, as well as explore new places.
“Being out on the seas was a great experience, giving me a deeper appreciation of the extraordinary world we live in.
“We learnt the value of teamwork the hard way – by having to wake up early every morning or keep awake late at night to stand four hours in the cold on our shifts. I can definitely say it was worth it for the views, and in the end I even learnt to enjoy the early starts!
“Overall a brilliant experience and I would recommend it to anyone.”
Emily Hewins added: “I never thought that I would be going sailing with completely new people as I’m not the most confident person, however the tall ship seemed too good an opportunity to miss so I signed up and it ended up being an amazing once in a lifetime experience for me.
“Sark was by far the most beautiful place we saw and Dartmouth was another highlight of the trip. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone.”
Adventure Under Sail are offering another sail training voyage aboard The Pelican of London for young people aged between 14 to 19 from Sunday, July 28 to Saturday, August 3 departing and returning to Bristol. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.