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Cat126 – Start Yachting

Friday, July 25th, 2014 - No Comments »

Day 1

We arrived last night, today we did some small briefing. We sailed to Lymington and I learnt various things such as Oxo, Knots and how to put a sail up. It was warm weather and was hard to get round the learning curves due to been too warm. Overall it was exciting and new to me and I really enjoyed my first official day. – Billy Oxley

We arrived last night , today we set sailing to lymington and we learned how to do an oxo knot and how to put a sail up . it was very warm weather and made it hard for all of us to do thing overall it is very good and i would come again – Callum

We arrived last night, today we set sail towards lymington we learnt how to take the covers of off the sails and we also learnt how to make an oxo knot which was fun. – Brandon

My brother and I arrived today. When we got there we were given some information about the various things we needed to know and what we doing.

After an hour of this we set sail to Lymington, but, unfortunately for us the sail had a hole in it and we could no hoist it, so we were motored there.

After three hours we arrived and anchored the boat at the designated place. We learnt how to tie a Boleyn, an Oxo knot and how to put up the sail.

Today was really good, and I learnt some key things that will help me again tomorrow. – Henry Robinson

CF309 – Mosslands School – Challenger 4

Monday, July 21st, 2014 - No Comments »

Day 5

An early 3am start was just what we wanted this morning, sat up on deck, hoisting sails in at least 3 layers, except Dirk who braved the morning in shorts and a t-shirt! Starboard watch ate breakfast at 4am, which included some very sugary tea and strong coffee to keep Callum awake. When the sun had risen, there was hope of another beautiful day and Port watch were woken to start their 3 hour shift. We had quite a distance to travel today; from Guernsey back across the channel to Portsmouth. The smells of bacon and fresh bread were wafting from the Galley and everyone was getting hungry. Bacon and brie baguettes were just what was needed after our early start along with lots of tea, squash and biscuits.

The weather today was lovely, to finish the week off perfectly, however some members of the crew forgot to top up on sun cream and so many of them ended the day with rather lobster looking legs! Managing some sailing today, we made the journey pretty swiftly, if not a little rocky. So rocky in fact that one crew member fell out of the top bunk!

Starboard watch were cooking up some sausages when we started to approach Portsmouth harbour. As Rose went to retrieve the vegan sausages from the cool box, she discovered a crime scene… two of the six sausages had been EATEN! Being a police officer, Rose naturally set about interrogating the crew as to where they had been between the hours of 03:00 am and 15:00pm. The investigation lasted hours, and there was tension between the crew members. However, at approximately 20:30, the sausages were discovered by Joe, in the cool box. Silly Rose.

Despite the controversy, the whole crew thoroughly enjoyed the event and the sausages and mash that was cooked up for their final meal on board. That evening, in Portsmouth harbour, the crew watched some fireworks from the deck and an entertaining episode from Challenger 2, who were woken up and made to put their sails up as a ‘punishment’ for being noisy. With a bowl of cereal, and a lovely natter, the crew members settled down for their last night aboard Challenger 4.

By Freddie and Crew  J


Day 4

We started the day by doing anchor watch; we were split into pairs and allocated a shift which was an hour long. The shifts started at 11pm and finished at 7am. Then we all got up at 0730 and starboard watch made breakfast, so port watch cleaned up after breakfast. We then put the sails up to head off to Guernsey. We then practiced tacking and gybing along the way, which was fun in itself. We finally arrived  in Guernsey, then port watch made lunch, when lunch was over, everyone got there stuff together to go on the island. Once everyone was ready, we split into 2 groups and headed to the shore on the dingy.

We then split up and some went for a shower then exploring, whereas the others did the opposite. Starboard watch had to be back earlier to get back to the boat, so they could get tea ready for everyone. Once everyone was back, we all sat down and had tea, which was chilli carne. Port once again did the washing up. Then we chilled out and played card games and danced on the pontoon.

By Callum and ScottJ!!x


Day 3

Late start for a change. Slowly woken up at 07:30 by the generator. Cooked 48 rashers of bacon for breakfast along with 8 quorn sausages. Left at 09:00 from Alderney for Sark a very picturesque island with a population of only 800. Very little wind on the voyage across so generally calm seas and fortunately no one was sea sick. We hoisted the spinnaker pole to test our climbing skills against ‘Monkey’ (the skipper) we all managed to get to the top eventually. After a pretty chilled day of not much sailing and a lot of sunbathing we arrived in Sark at 13:00. Flaking the mainsail went much smoother than yesterday as we’d practiced the day prior. Lunch consisted of Heinz beans and a Cornish pasty along with some fruit which we enjoyed on the deck.

We took the dodgy dingy ashore and it managed not to break down with 6 of us in it. On arrival to the shore some chose to stay on the beach and went for a swim and sunbathe whilst others went off to explore the Island of Sark visiting the harbour, little Sark and the main village. There were mainly tractors and cyclists along with a horse and carriage and to our surprise we saw no cars. Our national swimmer and watch leader swam back to the yacht bravely through the jellyfish and chilly water. For dinner we had turkey curry to provide us with enough energy for our night watches starting at 23:00 until 05:00 taking it in one hour, 2 man shifts. We hope for a clear and calm night to put us in good stead for our days to follow.

Catherine, Michael, Pippa, Katy, Scott


Day 2

It was an early start this morning, we were all up at 6am ready to leave Lymington and raise the main sail. Breakfast was soon afterwards; which consisted of cereal, and more cereal! Soon, everyone was up on deck and we started the six hour journey across the channel to Alderney. About two hours into the journey, some of the crew began to feel ill, so both corners of the stern were soon occupied. Humour on board was contagious, with bad jokes being made by Trevor which made the journey more endurable. The stay sail and the yankee sail were hoisted up, and our journey continued. Sailing across the channel, it wasn’t long before crew member’s started to drop off, having had an early start. Positions varied across the yacht, Lorna was by the helm; Callum was in the snake pit and Scott was by the “sick area”.

Alderney soon came into the horizon, and before we knew it, we were moored at the harbour (just next to our sister yacht, “Challenger 2”). However, it wasn’t long before the water taxi came to our rescue, as our dinghy motor wouldn’t start, and we were all tendered to Alderney. We all had the chance to explore the island, whilst the girls went for a swim in the sea the boys went to the nearby town of St Anne’s. Alderney has a population close to the number of pupils at Mosslands School/Wirral Grammar. At 7:30pm, we got the water taxi back to the yacht, and enjoyed fajitas for dinner. We are all looking forward to tomorrow, with the hope of visiting another channel island.

Lorna and Matt


Day 1

With an early start, we all set off in the minibus down the motorway from the Wirral to Portsmouth.

After a stuffy 7 hour journey, we were glad to board Challenger 4 and set of westward towards the Isle of Wight.

Continuing our journey, and starting to learn the ropes, we took advantage of the wonderful weather. Lying out on the deck in our shorts and t-shirts, we were refreshed by a huge wave that decided to splash aboard and soak us all. Fortunately, the sun was still shining enough to dry us out and we soon arrived in Lymington. While 4 adventurers set off to find the chip shop, the rest of the crew relaxed in the sunset and tied the fenders up ready for the night. After a much needed debate on whether to call it ‘dinner’ or ‘tea’, we all gathered round to tuck into our evening meal: fish and chips!

By Pippa and Freddie J

XF140719 – Young Farmers – Challenger 2

Monday, July 21st, 2014 - 4 Comments »

Day 6

How do Shipmates! We have arrived safely in Lymington Marina after a very long and tiring day. After getting up at 3:00 am this morning, we left Guernsey around half an hour later and started 3 hour alternating watches, with our group up on deck for the first, the highlight of which was the beautiful sunrise over the English Channel.

After picking up the wind, we managed some great sailing over the crossing, with the Yankee and Staysail hoisted. Our watch then finally managed some sleep and joined the others for a buffet lunch. With the wind dying down, we motor sailed onwards towards the Jurassic Coast, passing the Isle of Wight and Yarmouth on our route into Lymington.

Our watch knocked up Sweet & Sour Chicken for dinner, which everyone enjoyed greatly! Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner!

All in all one beautiful sunny day, one exhausted crew, who are all dying to enjoy a shower this evening and some free time ashore.

Laters peeps

Lots and lots of love,

Emma’s Jolly Sailors (Port Watch – Adam, Frankie, Annie, James, Al & Georgie)



Day 5

Ahoy there sailors! We began the day with a scrumptious breakfast of eggy bread combined with, jam, ketchup, or nutella (questionable) and then picked up the anchor and left Sark. After putting up the sails, we actually managed to sail for most of our trip to Guernsey today, which was extremely exciting due to our steady week so far. We reached Guernsey at around 1pm ready for lunch, which consisted of tomato soup and a whole baguette each. After lunch and after taking the sails down, we entered St Peter Port and tied up next to Challenger 4. Darren then ferried us across to the shore like the true gent he is and we explored.

Some young farmer competitiveness came out whilst exploring the island and playing different games and seeing who could buy the most interesting fashion accessories (ankle basher socks)

M&S really let us down this beautiful evening with no mince being available for our Spaghetti Bolognaise, but we battled on with pork meatballs which were mashed to a pulp. The end result was delish – #well lush!

Once again, Dazza chauffeured us back to the pontoon at bare pace, beating Monkey and his crew, so we could all have showers.

At around 8pm, you could cut the tension with a knife in the saloon……you wonder why? Have no fear the truth is here… Freddie and Sir James had the battle of a lifetime. The elbows locked. Fists in place. Eyes fixed. Take the strain, PULL. James was wearing Freddie out, but saved by the bell – thanks to Emma calling us all up on deck (to put the dinghy away)…..the arm wrestle was called a draw.

Early start in the morning so bed at 9, the alarms are set for 2:30am. Night all.

Sir James’ battalion. (Lydia, Rich, Freddie, Alice, George, leader Lady Lou.) Xxx



Day 4

Yoooooo Peeps,

Today we started at Alderney anchored in the harbour (Braye). After a cereal breakfast our watch cleared up down below, then we prepared for a day of sailing.

We motored out the harbour and put up our main sail hoping for some wind the sun was shining and the water was calm. James the helmsman spotted a sun fish flapping his dorsal fin under the surface. Paul the skipper set our course at 180 degrees through the Alderney race.


We arrived into Dixcart Bay at the island of Sark set anchor with 60m of chain, then used the tender to travel to the island we forced Adam to be first out and test the water and hold the boat whilst we got out, after Darren had done 3 trips to ferry everyone across we explored the island.

After a long walk up a steep hill we came across a local tractor mechanic and asked for directions, expecting him to say we were trespassing he actually said we were about 20m from the town. It was a big shock when we got there to see this dusty gravel road none of us could believe there are no cars on the island.

Everyone uses tractors, bikes or horse and cart to travel around, after a stop at the Boulengerie for some cakes then another shop for ice creams and some one pound notes. We all had a swim on the beach and a little sun bathing then back the challenger 2 for dinner.

Laters peeps

Lots and lots of love,

Emma’s Jolly Sailors (Port Watch – Adam, Frankie, Annie, James, Ali & Georgie)



Day 3

Hidey hi sailors! Early start leaving Poole at 7am heading for Alderney. Lack of wind meant for minimum sailing so we motor-sailed for the majority of the trip, it was a lovely lazy sail. For breakfast we practically cooked an entire pig, 60 rashers of bacon, mmmmm tasty! George did not have a good day, the waves were not appreciated. He was sneaky with his first chunder but prepared for the second. Still managed to get it over the deck though! (Bob the bucket came in handy) We had to fill in the log book with all the weather conditions during our sail. Alistair’s day was an anti-climax as he got all harnessed up ready to hook on to the mooring buoy but the car-park was full so we just anchored on the double yellow lines. We visited the island resulting in some of us becoming a little soggy ;) due to a good looking beach. BIG night ahead. We might end up in the middle of the Channel, fingers crossed the anchor stays in place.

Starboard Watch: Alice, Lydia, Richard, Freddie, George, Lou and Sir James. xxx J


Day 2

Yooooooo peeps…

Day 2 of our adventure and we actually did some sailing! We started our day by preparing the deck, this involved getting out and hanking on the Yankee 1 and the Stay Sail. We then motored out of Cowes and set the sails, heading for Poole. We learnt how to tack and practiced this multiple times. We practiced the MOB (man overboard) exercise and successfully rescued Bob the Bucket Buoy. The team had the boat heeling over at a 30 degree angle – quite scary! After our MOB practice it took a huge team effort to un-hank and flake the sails before putting them away. On our way into Poole, Harry Redknapp’s house was pointed out to us, we are now moored at Poole Harbour – the second biggest natural harbour in the world – waiting for our fish and chips to arrive!

Lots and lots of love,

Emma’s Jolly Sailors (Port Watch – Adam, Frankie, Annie, James, Ali & Georgie)



Day 1

Met the crew and all of the young farmers on the quay before going and finding our boat, Challenger 2. We found our bunks, did all the safety briefs and tried on our waterproofs. Some of the crew were late so we set off from the harbour at 4ish and motored across to Cowes. The exceptionally fantastic and talented starboard watch, lead by the brilliant James, prepared and cooked a Mexican feast. The cutting of onions did prove to be a challenge and despite Freddie thinking we could cook the lettuce, we got there in the end.

Starboard Watch: Alice, Lydia, Freddie, George, Lou and James xxx  

XF140719a – Challenger 1

Monday, July 21st, 2014 - No Comments »

Day 6 (Thursday)

Today we arrived at Portsmouth after spending 18 hours sailing throw the night after that we cleaned the whole boat which took 2 hours.

We went to the shower block and then we went shopping and Sam got 7 refills on his drink then Callum brought some new hi-tops. Nobody wanted dinner because they all had something to eat at burger king & sub way.

By Blake


Day 5 (Wednesday)

Today we started our day in jersey marina we woke up at around 8:30am we cooked breakfast we all sat together while eating like every morning. Then after breakfast we started to clean the boat off all mess and sand. Once we finished that we went out on to deck and Ricky asked us about climbing the mast and rowing a small dinage so everyone tried to climb the mast and most people completed both activities in good time after all that was complete we headed in to jersey to go to the showers  but  they were closed for 30 minutes for cleaning when we arrived so we went for a little look around the town then went back to the showers for people to have there showers then we had lunch on the boat and then a 3:00 o’clock we started our 18hr journey back to Portsmouth UK.

By Sam (This took over a hour to write because I went to sleep)


Day 4 (Tuesday)

Today was Dylan’s birthday, So the minute we woke up we sung happy birthday  to him and gave him a nice card what we all signed and gave him a nice present. And then we started to head of to a nice beach close to sark which was called herm wiliest we sailed to herm we saw dolphins. We spent about 3 hours on the island and we all got a ice cream then got changed in the toilets (6 minute walk) then we played volleyball and built sand castles on the beach.

We sailed for about 2 hours and to jersey and we have parked up there for the night where we cleaned the hole boat with sponges and brushes then we eat some fajitas then we all went to bed.

By Blake and Mystery Man


Day 3 (Monday)

Today we decided that after breakfast we would go to the beach but first we needed to clean up the boat, we started cleaning around 10:30 and finished at around 11:00 after we all got our stuff ready for the beach. When we left for the beach they left Corey behind while he was on the bog …Before we could go on the beach we need to buy a football so we walked up the high street in Alderney and everyone bought what they needed for the beach. When we were on the beach we started to go swimming in the ocean and digging holes. We went to the showers on shore and had a wash. When we came back from the showers we had a BBQ on the beach and had a couple games. After we finished our food and games we had to pick up litter and clean up the equipment and head for the taxi to take us back to the boat. When we were on the boat we cleaned the BBQs and did the pots.

Corey Booth and Tyler Howarth


Day 2 (Sunday)

Today we set off to Alderney from Sandown in the isle of Wight the journey too a gruelling 12 hours to complete everyone was very tired due to having a late night so we were all a little bit cranky and were not 100% focused on the jobs we had to complete the weather was sunny to begin the day but after around 10:00 the weather started to become more humid what made the water became more rough on the boat what made more water come on to the boat.

Mucahit Dogan and Sam Robinson


Day 1 (Saturday)

Today our group set off to Portsmouth on our long 4 and a half hour journey on the mini bus.  Everybody on the bus didn’t have anything to eat so we all started moaning because of how hungry we were so we stopped at a service station to get something to eat. After that we arrived atPortsmouthknowing Gavin knew where McDonalds was so we had KFC instead because he went without us. after having our lovely meal we set off for the last hour of hour journey, when we got to the docks we saw the boat that we would be getting on and we were all surprised at the size and space that we would all have . When we got on we did an induction session so that all the crew could learn all of our names after that we started to go around the boat to see the beds, kitchen and the deck. At roughly 7 we set off to see how the boat worked and how to put the sail up for future reference. After we put the sails down we dropped anchor off of the front of the boat so that the wind wont take us anywhere during the night when we are asleep, after we dropped anchor one of the two groups prepared dinner for the night so that we did not go to bed hungry, for dinner today we are going to be having chicken and salad which sounds delicious but I’m not too interested myself.

Mucahit dogan and Reece passco 

Cat124 – Start Yachting

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 - No Comments »

Day 2

We started the day by preparing the sails and getting the ropes ready and sail covers off in order to raise the sails further along the course of the day. We came out of the Lymington marina careful to stick to the 5 knot limit. Once out of the restriction zone we raised the mizzen and the main sail, still keeping the engine steady in order to maintain a steady speed towards Studland Bay. After getting the hang of raising the sails the stay sail went up shortly after and the engine turned off, now we were finally sailing! Setting the speed at 10 knots we whizzed towards our destination. We found when the sails were up and relying on the wind power that we had to tack out in order to turn into the wind later on to stay on course. After tackling the difficult anchor we touched down at studland bay after seeing the well known ‘Old Harry’, And then lowering the sails and covers back on. We then used the dinghy to go to shore and walk along the beach


Day 1

Began with an introduction of the boat. We were then talked through a safety briefing and were equipped with lifejackets- a necessity for sailing on a tall ship! After opening the sails and loosening and taking of various lines we began the short sail to Lymington. The 20Nott winds proved quite the challenge for the new crew but we quickly got the hang of it and were sailing at top speeds through the choppy water. We helped keep the boat from being too rocky by putting up the main sail which was a job that needed many hands and a fair amount of elbow grease! We tightened and loosened lines, helped to tie up the fenders and put the sail covers back on. At the end of the sail we moored into the harbour and went to the local Fish and Chip shop which was a well needed and deserved meal for the crew! Overall it was a great- if a little rocky – first day and we look forward to the next 4 days.

Eloise and Rebecca

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