Day 6 – Thursday 12th April
Yesterday I woke up at 8 o clock made breakfast for everyone. We had to leave Falmouth at 11 o clock to get to Swansea which was a 24 hour sail. Before we left for Swansea we had some free time to do some shopping; so my group had to rush around Falmouth to finish our shopping so we would be back in time for our departure.
After we had all put up the sails we got split up into 2 groups with 2 different watch times so that we could all get an equal rest before each shift. Our watches had a 3 hour gap so we would all have an equal rest. Our first watch was from 6pm-9pm; where between that time the boy group rested and prepared for their next shift, and our group cleaned/tidied up the deck and kept a look out for any ships or obstacles that could get in our way.
Day 5 – Wednesday 11th April
We had a lay in until 9 o’clock for breakfast, the boys made scrambled egg, and then we were able to have time to go ashore. The boys took a long walk along the beach, then they found a path which lead up to the castle. Whilst they were at the castle, they saw challenger 3 leave the port. They tried to shout and wave to them on board but they were not able to be seen by challenger 3. In ten minutes time the boys headed back to our boat to set sail. The boys put the sails up and we set off to Falmouth.
The day was a lot calmer than the day before, we were chilled out and singing, we were at see for about four hours. As we got closer to the harbour there a pod of dolphin swimming along side the boat.
In Falmouth harbour the world’s biggest single mast yacht was in the harbour. Later on in the night we went into town but all the shops were closed except Tesco. We bought loads of sweets and pop which gave us a sugar rush.
Day 4 – Tuesday 10th April
On Tuesday we were ready to sail as we had set out the sails early in the morning as the winds the day before were at a gale so the skipper decided we would leave about 6am. About 1 hour into the sail we all started to be sick and dropped like a sack of spuds that’s when the beautiful skipper decided to let us get some shut eye while he and the crew steered us on to Plymouth.
After a wonderful sleep we awoke to the always enjoyable task of bringing down the sails. After this we all had food and the mood in the ship was amazing thanks to wonderful elegant and dashing Julian and his crew what a man.
JOHN T X
Day 3 – Monday 9th April
We started the day later than usual today. We all awoke at 8:00am and the boys prepared breakfast to be served at half 8. The girls then cleaned up after breakfast as we made it. We were then informed by our skipper that we would not be participating in any sailing activities due to an incoming gale. We were then informed by our watch leader Phil that we would be preparing the boat for the next day.
As we were not sailing due to the gale our watch leader organised some activities for us to do. One of these activities was racing the dinghies across the harbour as it was part of our competent crew qualification run by the RYA (Royal Yachting Association). As part of the task we had to work in pairs supervised by our watch leader. The objective was to have the quickest lap time around the designated circuit. Liam and Jack won this as their time was the quickest at 3 minutes 20 seconds.
We were given free time to explore the town of Weymouth. Our free time started at 1 and ended at half 4 because we had to have tea, then wash up. Our time in the town consisted of mostly shopping and eating at the luxurious Dolce Vita restaurant. We then spent approximately an hour of picking novelty T-shirts to reminisce on in the future.
We then went to the fair for the last 20 minutes and made it back to the yacht at 4:30. Once we arrived we washed the dishes. We then went to sleep at 9:30 ready for an early morning of the yacht to sail at 4:30 am.
By Jack and Omar
Day 2 – Sunday 8th April 2012
After yesterdays strenuous activities we had a little lie in. However, as it was my groups turn to make breakfast for the rest of the group we had to be up and dressed by 7:45; to have break fasts ready for the group by 8.
After we had breakfast and the boy group was cleaning up the used dishes my group had to go up on deck and began to prepare the boat for sailing. To do this we un-knotted all the ropes that were used for attaching our challenger to the other challenger and also un-knotted the ropes we used on day 1.
Today we also learnt how to unravel the sails and how to correctly and neatly put them away. Both the boy and girl team worked together to put up the big sail, then separately the girl team put up the staysail and the boys put up the Yankee sail.
Today we have been travelling from the Isle of Wight to Weymouth; from around 10:00 this morning until 5:30 when we arrived in Weymouth. This route took up most of our day and took up a lot of our strength and energy. We all had to pull together as a big team to put up the large sail, and also to be able to tack the boat. We sailed nearly all the way with a top speed under sail of 10 knots.
After we arrived at Weymouth, tidied the deck, put away the sails, had tea and cleaned up we were given Easter eggs as a reward for all our hard work and also because today is Easter. We then had spare time to do what we liked either on or off the boat but had to be back at 9:30. We are now all relaxing, listening to music and preparing for another strenuous day tomorrow.
Day 1 – Saturday 7th April
On our first day we all got up early to catch our mini bus which was at 8:00 am. We began our journey from Swansea and headed onto the M4. On our way we stopped at the services to eat a beautiful KFC, following by a quick 15 minute break then heading on with our journey.
We had trouble getting into Portsmouth with traffic but eventually got there. All excited for our journey we met our mentors and they took us to the boat (Challenger 1). This followed on by a health and safety briefing with doghnuts, fruit and squash provided.
It didn’t take long until we began putting on our waterproofs and setting up the sails, we learned many skills such as: Learning how to do different knots, where the sails go, how to do the washing up etc.
After the briefing we sorted our personal belongings into boxes and chose our beds. We were soon back working on the boat learning new skills and building a better relationship with our friends and crew members.
We then set sail to the Isle of Wight which took us around an hour to get here. On arrival we packed up all the gear and prepared ourselves for dinner which was cooked by the girls group and we have to mention it was very tasty.
Feeling very tired we all showered and got ready for bed thinking of what tomorrow will bring.