Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 - No Comments »
We all up at 7am and had bacon rolls then started to prep the deck, by getting all the riggings and sails ready and hanked on as we motored out off Poole.
We then started raising up the sails, with a combination of sweating (pulling the ropes by hand) and winching them up. We started with the main sail then Yankee 2. We then we was tacked the main sail.
On route to Weymouth the sea was fairly rough. From a combination of high winds, strong currents and powerful waves. Which made a couple off us sea sick.
Just outside Weymouth we lowered all the sails, which in those conditions, was a very difficult task. We then motored into Weymouth, parked up and then packed all the sails away. We just enjoyed a great lunch of tomato soup and sausage rolls.
Now we have taken the decision to have a lazy evening and get an early night after a bit of start yachting theory.
On day two of our voyage onside Challenger 3, we went from the Isle of Wight to Poole. We started setting sail under good weather conditions, starting by putting up the main sail while utilising the engine. We then took turns navigating the ship and formed good working relationships within our team. Our ship was sailing at a lopsided angle which made a lot of feel seasick – luckily none of us were! And we found the perfect psychological cure…of manning the helm. We put up four sails in total but had the main sail up and a safety sail and then another one.
Towards the end of our trip we wanted to go faster so we took down a smaller sail and replaced it with the biggest sail we had onboard. The main challenge of our voyage arose in the form of the wind-which was against us for most of the journey however the crew quickly adapted by cutting a course in the waves in a zig zag fashion. We also found time to practice our rope tying abilities before we made it ashore to Poole we even managed to take down and pack the sails and store them out beating the sister ship challenger 4. People said this day was exciting, hard work but also very fun and rewarding.
We arrived and took part in our safety induction where we acquired the knowledge to safely conduct our voyage. We learnt how to properly adjust our safety equipment and water proofs also where they are kept. We also learnt a few basic parts of the ship and how it works.
Having never met before, the 8 young people, the 3 staff and 4 Tall Ships staff have all bonded well and are working efficiently as a team. We are all different ages from all over Sussex.
We have come to the conclusion that going to the toilet has never been more of a mission in our lives! We picked up some of the ship’s lingo such as port/starboard (left/right) we learned some basic knots and to correctly moor the ship safely. We learnt the basics of sail control and we also learnt how to be comfortable on a boat! Having endured all of this learning we set sail from Portsmouth Harbour for Cowes,Isle of Wight. During the sail we learnt how to steer the yacht. Just our luck; it started to rain as we set sail! But we were enjoying it so much that we didn’t care. More over, nobody was sick, so that’s a bonus! We enjoyed a lovely home cooked meal and incredibly hot sauce called A*s Reaper!
Looking forward to tomorrow where we will endure a 60 mile voyage to Weymouth!