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Cancellation or CurtailmentUp to £5,000

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Medical, Repatriation and Additional Expenses Up to £1,000,000

Personal Baggage & Money Up to £1,500

Personal Accident £25,000

Journey Continuation Up to £500

Travel Delay Up to £500

Hospital Benefit £50 per day up to a maximum £2,500

Personal Liability Up to £2,000,000 (excluding whilst involved in sailing activities)

Legal Expenses Up to £25,000

Delayed Baggage Up to £250

Political and Natural Disaster Evacuation Expenses Up to £15,000

An Excess of £50 applies to some Sections - see Policy for details.

General Exclusions that apply to all Sections

It is important to be aware that Trips booked or commenced contrary to Medical Advice, contrary to health and safety regulations of airlines, to obtain medical treatment or after a terminal prognosis has been made are excluded.

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SSN 694 – Easter Holiday Adventure – Cardiff to Southampton

Thursday, April 16th, 2015 - No Comments »

Thursday 16th April

After being woken at 7.30a.m for a quick breakfast of toast followed by bacon, fried egg and hashbrown which was delicious the rest of white watch and I headed out to the bow of the ship to flake the mooring  lines ready to moor in Dartmouth harbour. After finishing that we had a little while free to play Uno with Red Watch and drink orange juice. Following our break, we were directed to the bow of the ship to set the sails. This was hard work and it was quite windy and cold as I wasn’t wearing quite enough layers but we soon warmed up. Task completed we were shown how the sails work and how to put them down. .By this time it was time for lunch of tomato soup with French bread followed by salad and jacket potato with any combination of cheese, baked beans or chilli. In the afternoon we arrived in Dartmouth where loads of people were there to meet us, helped by the lovely weather. After tea we are getting shore leave and are going to the local lifeboat station too.

Owen – White watch


Wednesday 15th April

Hey, I’m Rosie and I’m from Red Watch and at the start of today our watch had the 4-8am watch on the bridge, I can tell you that the experience of waking up, getting dressed and walking into a blast of freezing, dark night and staggering walking along the decks to get to the bridge is at on the top of my ‘I’ll do anything but this experience’, but… on a happier note, I would for sure make anyone toughen up and do it, for in the end you get to see one of the best sunrises you’ll get to see in a long time…because thankfully the fog lifted in time for that!

Rosie, Red Watch.

After our 4-8a.m. watch we had to get changed and go straight to breakfast. We had sausage, eggs and beans. It was delicious.  After breakfast we had our  ‘ Working Aloft on the Brig’ brief and then a practical session. Marcus and I both climbed out to the very end of the main coarse yard and put the sails into gear and then stowed them away for practice. We loved it up there. We had second sitting lunch and then we climbed out along the bowsprit and put up the sails on the front called headsails. Next we had our watch duty from 4-6pm followed by a ride in the fast RIB followed by tea, a team quiz and then the lights were turned to red below decks so we could all settle down to sleep for the night whilst the ship was at anchor.

Marcus and Caroline, Red Watch 


Tuesday 14th April

With a torch flashed in my face, I was woken early for mess duty. Sinclair showed us how to lay tables for breakfast then we made sure we served everybody and they had enough to eat for the busy day ahead.  Next we had to do ‘ Up and Over’ training where we climbed up the rigging right up to the first platform, which felt extremely high, although it was actually only around a third of the way up the 148ft mast. I was really scared throughout but relieved to have climbed all the way ‘up and over’ and got safely back on deck. Then it was time for lunch.

Esme – Blue Watch

After lunch we had to prepare to depart port with different crew members taking different stations.  We took a pilot on board to get us through the lock into the Bristol Channel and waved goodbye to Cardiff Bay. As it was lunchtime for the general public there were lots of people who were waiting around to see us off and even people waving from their balconies in the new apartment blocks. It was to be a long afternoon, evening and night,  for the crews on deck as the wind was against us  so we could not sail but had to motor. The Voyage Crew are keeping watches overnight but at least they get the chance to get a rest,  warm in their bunks ready for their duties throughout the night.

Sue – Youth Mentor


First day on board

We arrived at Cardiff. I stepped out and walked to the tall ship. We were escorted to our cabins by smiling volunteers. We stared into the cabins with happiness and we were escorted to the mess-room for a meeting. The captain introduced himself and the crew. They are very caring. Fliss and Kim talked to us about the ship and what we want to achieve. They are both lovely and want to look after us. We then went and checked in with the Captain.

James – White Watch

Later we were split into our watches and white watch learnt helmsmanship so that we could steer the ship. We practised using the compass and responding to and confirming the commands given by the officer on the bridge. Then we practised fitting our harnesses before tea, which was chilli con carne with rice followed by sponge and custard.  After a short quiz in our watches which turned from ‘Stop the Bus’  into ‘Stop the Boat’ some of us went on deck , before we all eventually settled down to sleep in our berths.

Cameron and Josh – White Watch

XF150413 – St Albans Cadets – CH1

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 - No Comments »

Blog 4

On Thursday, we all woke up before due time. Our first task was to prepare the deck whilst Derek’s watch set breakfast. We were up early and the other boat were still asleep. After having had breakfast, we launched people up the mast. It was really fun and we got some good photo opportunities as the view was spectacular! Lots of people looked up at us and were quite interested in what we were doing. We then had a navigation lesson, for our night course later that day. We set off quite rockily and about half of the people felt sick. Luckily, we had some quick working tablets to take, thanks to Beth! Unfortunately, Jack was vomiting a rainbow, due to his earlier consumption of bright blue bubble-gum ice cream, with some blue and pink rock, followed by pringles, which he then proceeded to put ice cream on the pringle and ate it. After half an hour, the sea calmed down and people began to feel better, apart from Jack, Tanya and Beth.

It took us a while and the wind was dropping, so we turned the engine on. It started to get dark and we started the night sailing. Gary’s group were first and had to steer clear of the ‘shark infested custard’. Luckily, the group made it to the buoy they were looking for. The next group had to navigate past a ‘mine field’; they achieved this successfully. Darren then took us back to Portsmouth. Everyone was shattered and fell asleep very quickly and most had the longest night’s sleep they had had all week. On Friday, we woke up, had breakfast and then cleaned, so it was like we were never there and the next skipper and group had a clean boat.


Blog 3

Sadly we had to leave the wonderful facilities of Lymington, which allegedly has the best shower facilities out of the areas that we visited. For the start of the day the fog was very heavy and therefore we had to wait for a while before we could leave. Luckily this gave us time to prep the deck and make sure we were ready to get a fast start. Unfortunately, when we set sail, there was not enough wind for us to use, so as a result we used the motor. This meant that we only used the main sail and not the yankee and staysail, which was tiring for everyone, as preparing and putting away is a lot of work and we did not use them at all :( .

Once we arrived promptly in Poole, our noses were greeted with the stench of fish (according to Kate) and that made us hungry for lunch.  As Poole is a very touristic, beautiful area we took the logical decision of going mainland and visiting the old life boat museum, the new life boat, Tesco’s and RNLI college. At the old life boat museum we looked at the history of lifeboats and read about a ghost story, there was also a small shop, which many people bought unique items. Unfortunately at the new lifeboat we arrived after closing time, but got to see lifeguards and the boat, who happily waved at us. At Tesco’s we bought a variety of sweets to keep our energy up and a few sewing kits, for those whose shirt ripped.

I think the majority of us can agree that the RNLI College was the most interesting area from our visits inland. We luckily got a last minute tour, which first consisted of a short video telling us about the dangers of drowning, especially in poorer areas and also highlighting the area of RNLI’S work internationally. We then went to a simulator, which is used for the training of lifeguards. The simulator had amazing graphics and made it feel like the room was moving even though it was the screens, not us. The simulator showed the control room of the lifeboat and there was a crash onscreen between two boats and we had to try and save the people, but all we did was drive around, instead of saving, because we were not allowed to mess up the controls. There was a function to control the force of the waves on the simulator, which gradually got cranked up throughout the time period we were in there. We then got introduced to the pool training area. It was the biggest sea survival pool in Poole and in England. Part of the training is the lifeguards jumping off a four metre ridge, into a four metre deep pool, to simulate jumping overboard off a boat and they then had to survive in harsh conditions for 45 minutes. These harsh conditions include; darkness, big waves, thunder, lightning and rain. They got given a lifeboat to stay in during this period of time. We then came back onto the boat and was very fortunately treated to fish and chips :) .

By Beth, Kate and Lottie


Blog 2

We got up at 7:00 (except for James who was awake all night due to Sam snoring) and then we made breakfast, which consisted of cereal, milk, toast and conserves. The red light, now known as the ‘Tesco’ light (named by Edmund), kept all the girls awake for two hours last night. After breakfast we prepared the deck by bringing the sheets, Yankee and Staysail up from the sail locker and attached them but we were unable to leave Cowes due to heavy fog. Instead we did some theory work on IRPCS, parts of a boat and points of sail.

Next, we left Cowes and motored into the Solent as the fog had cleared. Once in the Solent, we raised the Mainsail and the Yankee. After learning how to tack and repeating multiple times, we raised the Staysail as well. We then tacked our way west along the Solent towards Lymington; on our journey we did a man overboard drill with ‘Jack’ (the buoy not the boy). The drill consisted of heaving-to and then lowering the head sails. It was great fun as we had to sit on them to stop them blowing away. We safely rescued ‘Jack’. Folding up the sails was our next task.

Once all the sails were stowed away, we brought the fenders and mooring lines onto deck to prepare for mooring. We motored our way into Lymington marina without crashing :) and cooked the evening meal which was Bolognese whilst the other watch finished tidying the deck. Dinner was very nice!


Blog 1


MY alarm clock goes. BBBBBBBRRRRRIIIINNNGGGGG. I turn it off then I eat a lovely bacon sandwich. Mmmmmmmmm.

I double check my bags, then say goodbye to my loved ones, I’ll see them Friday. Anyway I wait outside for my neighbour to take me. He talks about how he was young and all of that, then get to the unit. We wait until half 9 then head off. After a long drive we get to a service station. Have banter, then arrive at Portsmouth. When we get there we wait for everyone to get their stuff out the minivan. As I’m waiting I see a lorry, with cows in the back. Then we walk to the boat. We get to the boat then meet Gary. I instantly knew I made friends. We get a briefing then Gary jumps on the glass, he scares us. Then we learn how to use the toilets (a lot of work, especially if we only need a small wee)!

When Gary speaks I reply gracefully; YES GARY!

We leave the port and drive the boat, I get to steer it. Then our skipper skilfully parks us up. I tie off the rope. Using the elephant ear technique I learnt.

Then my watch makes dinner. I cook well, apparently.

Well Sam is killing me because it’s not meeting his a* requirements, so goodbye.

Jack (yes gary)


At 9:30 am on the 13th of April, the 10 attending Cadets, (including myself), as well as our trip organisers, (CI Packham and PO Cunningham), and our driver (CI Remnant), rendezvoused at the unit to load up the SC minibus and make our way down to Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, to board our booked tall ship: Challenger 1.

After roughly 3 hours of sitting in a mobile oven, we arrived at Gunwharf Quays. We unloaded and CI Remnant left us to continue on foot to the Challenger. Once we properly arrived at the tall ship, the professional crew introduced themselves and we were given a meticulous tour of the tall ship.

Our professional crew consisted of the following:

Darren: Our appointed Skipper

Derek: 3rd in command aboard the Challenger and my Watch Leader

Gary: 2nd in command/Mate aboard Challenger 1 and known for having a predilection for tidy ropes and enthusiasm. (Take note of Jack Morse).

Once all greetings and introductions were cleared up, we finally cast off and made our way out of Gunwharf Quays and onward to Cowes. When we anchored, it was my watch’s duty to prepare dinner. More specifically: Fajitas! The preparation went smoothly and Gary’s watch cleaned up swiftly. First day in a small summary: A good start to an exciting expedition, which I think will grant us all both good experience and a great amount fun.

I then wrote this blog… not much more to say.

Samuel Martin

KT002 – Whitehaven (12-15yo) – Ketch

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Day four

NO FOG TODAY YIPEE!!!! Today we also woke up with Stavros sleeping next door. We decided to go say hello and take some photos of the two boats together. This of course meant of course getting the power boat out which meant Callum and Mike could have a play and take the photos. We managed to tie up with a little help from our new friends at Stavros. However we blinked and again fog was following Stavros into port and in no time we could see nothing over one Meter away!

Soon after we had breakfast then we had a cruise over to the Stavros and Callum took a few pictures while Mike drove the dinghy. After a while we drove a bit further out and practised the man over board and had some fun with fenders. (Leon)

Today has been ok not too bad a day we have been anchored all night we then woke up to mike singing it was a bit of fun for the morning waking us up then we had breakfast we motored over to the Starvos then did the man over board test there was no wind so we then motored to Douglas which is where we are docked and tied to the Starvos now so we can now get ready for sleep and get in our bunks. We have one day left even though we have two nights can’t wait to get back to my home town of Bradford missing my family. (Jamie) 


Day three

Today we had fog and more fog! We managed to cross over to the Isle of Man Laxie bay. We put the Anchor down and Callum, Leon and Marshall jumped over board to have a swim. Jamie dipped his toes into the water. Skipper had a play in the power boat all in the name of safety ;)


Day two

Today we had an Easter egg hunt.  Then we set of sailing.  Then we came back because of the fog.  We came back and went and got a shower. (By Callum) 

Callum has been dead wingy today saying he’s board, if he doesn’t cheer up he will be thrown overboard tomorrow when we practice the mob drill! (By Adam)

CF330 Spring Holiday Adventure (12-15yo) CH3

Monday, April 13th, 2015 - 1 Comment »

Day 5

Last night we had evil jelly beans Today we had a failed attempt of pancakes made by Conner so we had cereal we then cleaned and did deck prep we then headed out and headed on a close hall on a bearing of 90 degrees and then tacked on a Bering 0 of degrees and kept on heading over to the isle of weight we then headed across in to lymington we put the sails away in the sail locker and made dinner, Chile. Then we washed up and had some posh fancy showers with heated chairs after we were back on the boat coby stole the mast  and now we are typing this. Goodnight.

By Coby, Neil and Kallum


Day 4

Today started with the standard tree WAKEY WAKEY down our ears, then the terrible songs. It is painful but it seems to work!

Once breakfast had been consumed and washing up had been done, we prepped the deck with the stay sail and the Yankee 2. We set off from Portland to head towards Poole, with improved visibility from about 200 meters to about 1 mile. We then hoisted the main sail, but with only 2 knots of wind it didn’t make much difference. After an hour of not very intense sailing, we had a mini bake off we made Oreo brownies, chocolate cookies and plain chocolate chip cookies which won.  Then the skipper (Neil) announced the both the sales we had hanked on and ran the sheets for in the morning, wasn’t needed any more, and that it should be put away. Kallum then got very annoyed!!

We took the main sail down and motored past the rich boys on sandbanks, and then moored on the quay marina! Once the electric was hooked up and the deck was washed, we headed down to the beach where we went for a swim don’t worry it wasn’t that cold! We had bangers and mash for dinner. The end

By Conor Gration and Kallum Burns 


Day 3

This morning we had a luxury lie in until 8 o’clock. We went to the beach and played volleyball and football until we got bored and went for a quick dip. Then Zac said we weren’t allowed to get wet so we went into town and bought two matching red wig’s. After that we came and had lunch then set off for Portland where we climbed the mast.

By Kallum Burns and Neil Hughes.


Today I helped sort out the engine, I helped change the oil and I learned how to change the filters. We stayed at Weymouth till 2:30pm but before we left Weymouth we went to the shops and the beach, I went to the souvenir shop and then relaxed on the beach and dipped my feet in the water, the water wasn’t cold at all it was quite warm. We got back and then we sailed to Portland, it was only a 30 minute sail

So it wasn’t too bad. Were now in Portland and we all had a turn of climbing the mast that was very fun!

By Rose Craven :)


Today me and conor woke up before Neil and Kallum so they got woken up with loud music and lindsey. We then had bacon butties for breakfast and did cleaning and a oil change we then set out for the beach where kallum brought a ball to play volley ball with but it didn’t work so he brought a different one which worked they then went in the sea and lost the first ball we then headed into town and conor tried to buy silly string but wasn’t allowed because the gas used to compress the string is flammable but he could still bye deodorant *mind blown*. We then went back to the boat and had a buffet lunch and ate we than headed to portland. Once we got there we moored up and climbed the mast it was sooooooooooooooooooooooo cool neil then lost kallums other ball but a really kind lady got it for us (thx btw)

Coby out!


Day 2

Today the guys were woken by Tery jumping and screaming at 7am! That’s was a good wakeup call!!! Tery said that he is going to surprise us with more craziness in the mornings.

By Coby Doyle


We left the doc at 8:00am and it took 6 and a half hours to get to Weymouth and we had 2 hours of fog on the journey. Sea sickness kicked in today :( shifts started today so everyone is involved in everything. When we got to Weymouth we started putting stuff away on the boat and before we all went to the ice cream shop we had a happy hour aka cleaning!!

By Rose Craven :)


Day 1

1:00pm – Today started by all 5 of us meeting on board the challenger 3! We then all did the safety brief which took a long time! After that we prepped the deck for sailing to Cowes. We then left to head towards to main channel, where we put the stay sail up. We all got a bit wet as it was blowing 30 knots of wind! We battered through the 2 meter waves as we were heading straight in to the wind. Once we approached Cowes we dropped the stay sail and motored in to the marina. We then moored up, with not that many mess ups. We then stored the sheets and hooked up to the electricity.  We had fajitas for dinner.

7:00pm –  Tomorrow we plan to go to Weymouth.

By Conor Gration and Kallum Burns


First day went amazing, it is so fun on this boat!!! Everyone took part in everything . Can’t wait to learn more and go more places, at the moment we are in cowels, Tomorrow were going to Weymouth. Also shifts on board start tomorrow J Bring on the next 6 days !!!

By Rose Craven :)

AC008 – Cork to Portsmouth – Challenger 2

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Monday 13th April 2015

Day 5

Not quite the perfect sailing weather; a flat sea, slight breeze and blue sky. If we were generous we were promised force 3. The motor was on and helming that much easier. Even then the “sailing line” wasn’t straight for some!

Ricky decided it was time for the spinnaker and after an hour’s preparation it was up. An hour later it was down and two hours after that packed away. Now I know why there is wool on board.


Sunday 12th April 2015

Day 4

We left port at 10am and had a very pleasant day in the sun sailing on a 90` tack in a force 4 and medium swell. We all had a go at the helm although some were straighter than others! We had the usual gathering of dolphins and an excellent view of the coast line. It wasn’t quite the horror story of rain, cold and gales that some of the less experienced crew were expecting and was a very nice surprise.

Learning knots and the language of the sailor was the order of the day with a degree of success. Sailing stories were plenty from Ricky which made the Irish Sea adventure look like a stroll in the park.

We docked at Bridport at 9pm and just had time for a quick drink at the local.


Saturday 11th April

Day 3

At 1am there was a sudden gust, pushing the boat over a long way and the wind direction changed by from 204o to 287o. With Ricky on the helm we avoided the TSS, basically a dual carriageway, with numerous large commercial vessel and fishing vessels around. Several loud noises from gybing and heavy waves with pots and pans clattering, sleeping crew nearly tipped out of their bunks.

Sunrise off the Cornish coast near Mousehole clear skies with pleasant sailing downwind, passed the Lizard at 9am and changed course to NNE for Falmouth, we arrived around lunchtime and moored alongside “Spirit of Falmouth”. Showers, shopping, exploring Falmouth.



Day 3 cont.

We had the choice of venturing into town or catching up with sleep. Sleep won hands down. In the evening we visited Rick Stein’s fish restaurant followed by a drink at the Chain Locker. Nigel met his brother and sister in law and was sorely tempted to make an evening of it. Sense prevailed and chose his narrow bunk that was marginally shorter than him to spend the rest of the evening.


Friday 10th April  

Day 2 Leg 8

What happened next…

After a restless night for some who struggled with the narrow bunks and the very different layout of a sailing yacht from our normal bedrooms at home. Having learnt the ins and outs of the heads (toilets). Hand pumping and taps with a difference.  With bacon sizzling away we all enjoyed our breakfast while Ricky and Sue began to make preparations for our planned departure at 10.15 local time when the tide would be high. Last night over dinner we each gave a brief summary of ourselves including some unusual fact or occurrence this was while empting four bottles of wine.. We expressed some alarm when Ricky stated he had survived 8 near death experiences to date and would relate them over the voyage.

By 11.15 we were right down the River Lee estuary into the Irish Sea. Set some sails the wind increasing   though some of us felt seasick and preferred to watch the horizon. By 6pm wind speed was 18 knots Force 4/5, barometer falling the sea was getting uneven!! Some of the new crew missed out dinner. Skipper Ricky kept us informed about our voyage plan which did change as the weather front came closer. Night sailing was a new experience for three of us. Everybody had at least two turns on the helm.



Thursday 9 April

Blog the first:

Once the various members of the intrepid crew arrived courtesy of Ryan Air and Aer Lingus and bags had been stored, all gathered in the cockpit for our first brief from Skipper Ricky who gave us a quick heads up on what lay ahead and roughly what we could expect. And the sun was shining on Cork.

Once the brief was over, Ricky the skipper then took us on a conducted tour of the deck introducing us all to the intricacies of halyards, sheets, Yankees (that’s a sail!), Staysails – the list went on for around an hour by which time we knew our way around the deck – and more importantly how to clip on in really inclement weather and which areas to stay of which to stay well clear.  Once the deck tour was over, Sue the Mate, took over for the conducted tour of the lower decks, including the major areas such as the heads – that’s naval speak for the toilets – and the galley (naval speak for the kitchen) finishing off gathered round the well-equipped navigation area.

After all this was completed we all had a browse through the ‘oilies’ to try to get ones that fitted just in case the weather turned nasty!  Sue then started dinner whilst the rest of the crew took the opportunity to have a wander around Cork to work up an appetite.

Tomorrow dawns a new day where we will get the opportunity to put into practice what we learnt today.  At least that is the plan!


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