Local youngsters enjoy six day voyage on The Pelican

PICTURED from Broad Street, the TS Pelican moored off Lyme Regis following a six-day voyage with local youngsters (photo by Richard Austin)

TWENTY-THREE local young people boarded the TS Pelican of London as trainee crew at Portland Marina on Wednesday, April 17 for the Lyme Regis Tall Ship Challenge to the Channel Islands.

After being welcomed aboard by Captain Ben Swain, the crew ran through a safety briefing, familiarised themselves with the sailing ship and practised climbing the rigging.

Each of the voyage crew were assigned to one of three watches, which kept them busy throughout the day and nights.

The routine included sailing, hauling and heaving, climbing aloft, navigating, helming, being a look out, helping in the galley, cleaning the heads and showers.

Watch leaders were Dot Wood, Fliss Gorst, and Marcus Dixon.

Late in the afternoon, The Pelican sailed from Portland Marina and headed south overnight through the Alderney Race to the island of Sark.

Each of the three watches went ashore for a ‘Selfie Treasure Hunt’ competition, which allowed the crew to explore the an island with no cars and fabulous coastal scenery.

After anchoring overnight off Sark, The Pelican sailed throughout the day to Salcombe and the next day was spent sailing, tacking and wearing.

The final night was spent in Dartmouth before voyaging back to Lyme Regis and anchoring off the Cobb on Easter Monday to drop off the voyage crew.

The young trainee crew raised funds to take part in the Lyme Regis Tall Ship Challenge and the six-day voyage was also made possible through the support of the G.F. Eyre Trust and Lyme Regis Town Council.

Woodmead Halls
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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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