Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 - No Comments »
We woke up at 7:30am this morning and all of us were feeling tired from the previous day.
Starboard watch made bacon buttes for everyone except for vegetarians and once again Curtis complained. Once everyone was up and ready we brought up the anchor and set sail for Lymington. Once all the challengers were in position we gathered for the main sail race, we had to continue our unstoppable winning streak. We had previously won the practice main sail race, the dingy race and the long distance drag race. We delivered winning once again and proving that we were the best crew. The waters were a lot calmer today and nobody suffered from sea sickness, this was the first day that this had happened. The trip was swift and not much work was needed to be done. Arriving early in Lymington we were given the rest of the afternoon to chill and relax. To keep us amused we went to a salt water swimming pool with inflatables that was on the harbour that we were docking at. After a delicious turkey curry that we cooked ourselves we cleaned up and set sail for Cowes on the Isle of Wight. This was our first journey in the dark so we had to learn navigation via the Bois so that we could arrive safely at our destination, which was 12:00 so we went straight to bed as soon as we docked.
Ethan and Ryan
Today we set sail from Weymouth to Studland Bay, waking up at 6am making it a very early start from the 7:30am start we had yesterday. We started our voyage at about 8:30. We were racing the other challengers, and of course we won. This continued our winning streak from the practice main sail race. As we got further away from Weymouth, we noticed a Royal Navy ship. It crossed very close to one of the other challengers as we were racing. The day was full of challenges. We battled with more sea sickness and folding the sails back into their bags without any help from the watch leaders. We really struggled with this as only 5 of us weren’t feeling sea sick! With only 5 of us we took half an hour, but normally with help we do it a lot quicker. After all our hard work, we were rewarded with the rest of the journey being relaxed. Some of us even went to sleep. However, our sleep and relaxation was often interrupted by the choppy waters. We had to clip on many times throughout the day, just to make sure we didn’t have to use the man over board procedure. We shortly arrived at Studland Bay and we placed our anchor on the ocean floor. We made the finishing touches to tidy up our deck. We were then told to get out the dingy and inflate it. This was so that we could go to the beach and compete in the dingy races. Of course, being Challenger 4, WE WON! It was a close race with Challenger 2 being ahead all until the last few seconds. The team then split into 2 to make their journeys back to the boat. The first half arrived and helped Harry to prepare dinner, whilst the others stayed back to wait for Monkey to come back from his run. The second half also then had to be towed by another Challenger team due to the engine breaking down on the dingy. The evening then consisted of spag bol for dinner and some well needed R&R.
Ryan, Briony & Zara
Today we learnt about what to do in emergency situations such as, man over board, fire etc… To test our skills we threw a piece of equipment over bored and performed a rescue mission, however we were beat to the punch as the other Challenger in the area picked it up before us. We also learnt about tying the bowline knot. It’s very sturdy and is used often around a ship so it will be extremely useful throughout the rest of the week.
We were traveling to Weymouth and had a Mini- race with challenger 1 and 2 (which are other Tall ship crews). The race was who could pull up the main sail the quickest. The main sail is the hardest sail to pull up meaning that the whole crew has to pull together. Talk about team work. We won (of course) and had fun doing it. A few people also took turns steering the boat which really helped with the sea sickness as well as being exciting.
On our way to Weymouth we hit some bumpy waves. Our angle was at around 15 degrees out of 45. As you can see this is nothing for the crew leaders but for us the boat was practically capsizing. A few of our crew had a bit of sea sickness but we pulled through in till the end.
We arrived at the beautiful town and had time to walk around the shops and the wonderful sandy beach. We enjoyed the warm sun and cool breeze and, even though the middle of the day was a bit unpleasant, we all loved the day over all. Dinner we had fish and chips, which was delicious, and plan to have a bored game competition.
Today we arrived at Gun Wharf Quays, excited about our adventure. We met our crew and headed off with our luggage towards Challenger 4. We started off by going over general information about the boat and the safety brief, in both the deck and down below. We then proceeded to unpacking our belongings and making ourselves at home. Next, we detached ourselves from the pontoon and set sail. We first had a competition with one enough on how quick we could bring back and forward the runner, which effects the balance of the boat. After that we put up the very heavy and large sails, this was hard work! To get to our final destination, Yarmouth we had to zig zag along the surface of the sea so that we didn’t get caught in the wind. Soon after half of us started preparing dinner whilst the others had the painful job of bringing down the sail, also some of us had the opportunity to steer the boat, it was great! Finally it was dinner and we harboured up for our first night on the boat.