Day 6 – Falmouth to Swansea (the 24 hours)
We woke up at 8:00 ready for the long day ahead. There was cereal and yoghurt for breakfast but there weren’t as many laughs this time round. After breakfast we put on our “oilies” and prepped the deck before leaving at around 11, and – then the crew decided it was carry on sailing rather than writing blogs! So, over the Mate and Christ the Watch Leader
Once clear of the berth, Challenger 1 challenged us to a mainsail hoist race. Despite our crew already having hoisted the sail half way, they chose to drop the sail and go through it all again. After a suitable breather, everybody was ready to go – and WIN the first race of the trip. To give Challenger 1 a chance to catch up, we then tried a Le Mans style hoist of the Yankee 2 and Staysail. 3 ; 1 to us then!
We then had a great sail down to the Lizard before a few tacks up to Lands End and bearing away towards Lundy. The wind died as we made our way up the Bristol Channel causing us to drop the headsails around one o’clock this morning. After our last breakfast at sea, we then started to put the boat to bed ready for entering Swansea around lunch time.
Once we had locked in lunch was eaten before a double dose of “Happy Hour” – no cheap drinks here though, rather a couple of hours of cleaning the boat up after a week living on board in readiness for the next crew.
So, 7 days and 395 miles after the crew joined , we are now sitting down to our last supper together, smiling, slightly sun burned faces all round. The Swansea support group have a organised us a bash at the local yacht club tonight, so a great chance to swap tall (ships) tales with the other crew before the team splits and makes their way home in the morning.
Well done to everybody on board and a big thanks to Linda and Chris the volunteers on board who helped make the trip a success.
John ( I didn’t really leave the girls hatch open) – Mate
Day 5 – Plymouth to Falmouth (the sunny day)
Today we woke up at a lazy 8:30 because Sophie blamed us lot for waking her. We had scrambled egg for breakfast which I (Richard) didn’t have any of because his (Zac) portion control is not good.
We set sail at around 11:15 to A nice calm sea. There was lots to do and the breeze was perfect, we did tacks in our watches, we also had some sail training where the first mate (John) told us to take charge of our watches instructing our teams to hoist and lower the Yankee and Staysail we also performed gybes in our watches, we then arrived and me and Joel jumped off the side of boat on to the pontoon afterwards we had dinner which was full of laughs…quite literally (me, Zac and Harry) just couldn’t stop (full stop)
We then went to Tesco where most of us bought loads of chocolate and chewing gum (both are good for sea sickness ) hopefully we won’t need it for that .
By Zachary Choppen and Richard Marotta
Day 4 – Weymouth to Plymouth (the sick day)
We woke up at 04.30 and left harbour around five and we put the Main and Yankee 3 sail up. At 06.00 we went into our watches and starboard had the first watch which they choose from the previous nights quiz when Port Watch woke up a few people had been sick and a few people were still feeling sick . We then had a small breakfast of bacon butties but some of us refused because of sea sickness. Then it was Port’s turn to keep watch and all of the Starboard Watch went below for three hours rest.
At 12.30 we had a lunch of vegetable soup and bread rolls which some of us skipped because of the seasickness again. We then went back to watches. This went on till half past seven in the evening. When we arrived we had an amazing dinner of Sweet and Sour Turkey and Noodles which most of us thought was stunning and a pudding of Cheery Bake wells which was a mix of likenesses’.
Afterwards we had a big clean up and the girls started to clean up their cabin. We then went to bed after a shower.
By Zachary Choppen and Joel Williams
Day 2 & 3 Cowes-Weymouth
We departed from Cowes after breakfast and getting the boat ready. Paul challenged us to get the main sail up more then half way in the end we got it near the top before we had to use the winch. We then motored past some cliffs called the Needles before we started sailing after lunch. We ended up putting the other two sails up called Yankee 2 and the staysail.
Despite the other boat having a mile or two head start we ended up over taking them by 2-3 miles. Meanwhile we learned how to tack and experienced the boat being on one side and then swapping sides every 10 minutes or so. Afterwards we learned what to do if someone went overboard this gave the others time to catch up with us which took half an hour. On the way into port we took the sails down and put them away letting the others go in front of us. We pulled by the other challenger and moored up to them. We put the boat to bed while dinner was cooking and then had dinner before the others, even though they had more time to do everything, that gave us plenty of time to have showers and play games for the remainder of the night then lights went out at 11:30.
We all woke up at about 8:00 and port watch started to make breakfast at about 8:30 and we ate at about 9:00. While starboard did happy hour, port started to get the dinghy out as we would not be leaving port due to bad weather so when we all finished what we were doing we raced the dinghy to the end of the boat and back going 3 people at a time. After that we prepared the boat to leave for the next day. Afterwards we all came down and went through all the theory of sailing and then had lunch. Then we were let off to go ashore for 4 hours then all came back to eat dinner and some of us went to the fun fair.
By Sophie Bickley
Day 1 – Saturday 7th April
GWQ – W Cowes
We arrived at Gunwharf Quays with the challengers moored in the marina at 1300 hours and were briefed on the functions of the boat and safety procedures. We met our fellow crew members, and were split into our watches starting to prepare for departure.
At 1645 we set sail for the first time onboard the ship (a brand new experience to some). Today we put our Yankee 2 sail up because we were all new to the ship and Paul (the skipper) decided to let us slip in gently. Then which we were put into groups to hoist the sail and take it down later.
We made lots of new friends and it was great fun with a few challenges along the way. With our new friends we had a really good dinner all together and some of us went into Cowes.
By Joel Williams