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CF347 RYA – CH4

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 - No Comments »

Blog 3

8 am wake up in Limington with the sun shining and beautifully cooked bacon sandwiches by Charles and Phoebe. We headed up for the needles and in gale force winds (FORCE 8). After we got to the needles we headed down to old Harry’s rock and then into Poole. This involved going up wind, therefore this meant crashing into the waves. Some of us we got very wet and we were warmed up by one of Jule’s lovely cups of tea. We reached Poole by 03:30 and were heavily advised to visit the Truly Scrumptious ice cream pallor by our first mate Lindsey. Lindsey and Charlie made the heroic trek to collect chips from the local chippie to accompany our well cooked fish by Joe. With bellies full, we watched the conditions that this boat had been through and some were given a lesson on the rules of the road (water).

By Starboard (Charles and Phoebe)


Blog 2 (good luck)

8oclock start in the morning for breakfast so we could set sail nice and early start at 10am to head for Lymington. The weather was very over cast and it was quite rough at sea. A lot of wind we all had our first go at putting the sail up and sail down it was quite a challenge but succeeded. We also learnt how to do bowline knot and a clove hitch, admiralty stopper knot, figure of eight.  It was quite a journey and took a long time to get here we also all had our own turn of driving the boat it was one of my favourite experience also being in the snake pit. Now we are here in lymington and are very impressed with the showers. We have cooked chilli con carne and had to chop onions it was very hard and tearful.

By Caitlyn and Jake.  


Blog 1

With some of us setting off at 3 am from Newcastle to get down to set sail at 1 pm. With an awkward start to the GREAT SAIL to Poole. Starboard and Port watches were created creating a competitive edge early on. The sails and ropes were pulled out of the sail hatch. The Yankee and the Staysail were set up ready for action tomorrow morning. Both watches were split and given a lesson in using the winches. To test our concentration and listening we had a race and (of course) the best watch won, Starboard. After the competition hype we had a tour round Stavros a Tall Ship which weighs 600 tons. To end off a great start Phoebe and Charlie cooked the BEST chicken fajitas the crew have ever tasted leaving the crew ready to sail the world. During this Michelin star cooking Charlie and Joe attempted a handcuffed rope test which the completed but then failed to re-do leaving them to adopted one of the charming cat tea set. And now we are here writing a blog.

By Starboard (the BEST watch).

XF150726 – Cheltenham Scouts – CH1

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 - 2 Comments »

Day 3 – Translation

We got up at 7:30 in the morning to get ready for breakfast at 8:00am we ate bacon sandwiches. We got ready to sail until 9:10 and then set off. I had a cup of spicy chai, It was splendid. While sailing it started off calm but most of the day it was very stormy. This stopped most of our physical action and we sat down for a few hours until we got there. I got another cup of spicy chai because of this. It was also very nice. I decided to drive the boat for about an hour which was much more confusing than I thought it would be because you had to adjust the sale depending on where the wind was. In the meantime people were sick because of my terrible driving, Anna, Izzy, Harrison and Jasmine threw up everywhere. I got back after my hour to find some people in the cockpit playing a shop game which they probably played for about an hour. (someone made a rule in their mind for items you can buy in a shop example you can only buy items if you say please or items of a certain colour, we played a round until everyone had found out). And then Jacob and Freddie were sick (Jacob was sick on me). I played for a bit. And then Jacob was sick again (on nobody). Everybody who was seasick eventually decided to go down and have a rest except Harrison and Jacob (so basically half the crew were seasick) When we got back I Had my third cup of spicy chai, It was the best cup of the day because it was relaxing to get back after an extremely bumpy ride. Just after we had docked up, we went into town to find plenty of tat in a Poundland rip-off. For dinner we had fish and chips. And at the end of the day we played some games. My highlight of the day was Harrison who was sick once, then ate, then was sick again, then ate, then was sick again and kept moaning that he was very hungry. Too much swag for one day.

Isaac & Simeon

Actual thing

We got up, skrubed te deck, deck, deck, deck, deck, skrub, skrub, skrub. Everybody was sick. Te end.


Day 2

We woke up at 8 o’clock in the morning, after a good night’s rest we were feeling energised and excited for the day ahead. For breakfast we had toast and cereal, then started getting ready to prep the deck. To prep the deck we took off the main sail cover and did other small jobs to get ready to sail 23 miles to Lymington. However, we had to wait for the Stavros next to us to leave first, so we started sailing around 10:30, the water was still quite calm but we were surprised how windy it was, as we were shielded by the huge Stavros before.

After leaving, we had to put the main sail up, but only a third of the way as it was too windy to put the whole of the sail up. We all had to work together as a team as the sail was very heavy, so everyone did separate jobs to raise the sail. The starboard team prepared a lunch of pasties and beans, by this time it was quite choppy so there were a few green faces. We got the Yankee sail up after lunch, again with teamwork in the harsher conditions we managed to put this up.

We did 6/7 tacks, which were quite tiring, so swapping over in pairs was helpful. However, partway through one of the tacks the Yankee ripped, Darren leapt up with the speed of a thousand wombats, and managed to take the ripped sail down. After four hours of sailing, we arrived in Lymington and parked the boat. We still had to put the boat to bed, with everyone doing a job didn’t take too long. After putting the boat to bed we ate tea, which was curry, a popular favourite which everyone enjoyed. The showers at Lymington were amazing and everyone was feeling very relaxed at the end of the day.

Seren & Justin


Day 1

After our journey on the minibus, and quite a bit of driving round in circles, attempting to find the marina, we arrived. All onboard our new home for the next week, we were given a quick run through of the rules, before dispersing to explore our cabins and beds, which were much smaller than we anticipated, very cosy! The port watch and the starboard watch were divided and allocated watch leaders who then proceeded to give us a tour of down below and the decks above, everyone kitted out in our ‘foulies’ (foul weather gear) to brave the drizzle. Then we got out the sails and practised rigging and knots in preparation for the sail tomorrow. After time spent struggling with the bowline knot, the majority of us had mastered it. We then had a tour of the huge square rigged tall ship next to us (with a crew of 64, compared to our 16!) before going below deck to prepare for dinner, chicken fajitas. A surprise of birthday cake awaited us after the meal, in celebration of the scout leader’s, Freddy, birthday. To end a lovely evening we sat in the saloon playing board games together. It was really nice to meet everyone, and arrive on the boat.

Anna & Jasmine

KT010 Bolton School Boys – Ketch

Monday, July 27th, 2015 - No Comments »

Day 3

Today we awoke early in the morning. Our memory fresh from the experience catching Steve the jellyfish (R.I.P) last night. We then departed the harbour of Douglas and set off on our wild adventure. We cut the engine and today was the first day we unleashed all the sails of the Tenacity of Bolton. We then did man overboard practise with Bob the crewmate. Later we returned home and went to bed.

The End.

By Michael du Plessis and Josh (Daisy Sebastian Petal) Fowler


Day 2 - Whitehaven to Douglas

Today was a wet day. We got up at 7:30 and some of us went to have showers (which were boiling hot) whilst the others prepared breakfast. Once we finished breakfast, it was half nine. Afterwards, we started to prepare the boat for its 6h voyage. We adjusted the fenders and undid the ropes that attached us to the pontoon. We edged past our neighbour boat – The James Cook – and made our way to the sea lock. On the voyage, we saw a couple of dolphins and even a whale! It was raining for the start of the trip, but nearing to the end, it cleared away. We are now in Douglas bay, docked next to the sea wall. Our tea was pasta with sausages, which was delicious! The ones who didn’t prepare the meal are currently washing and clearing up, whilst we who made the meal are having free time. Soon we will be heading to bed, ready for tomorrow.

By Matthew Cheung & George Brennan. 


Day 1

It was a rush in the morning to get to the boat from Bolton, especially if you were not fully ready! After we arrived at the boat we unpacked and took a safety briefing around the boat and got some special sailing equipment. We walked around the marina and watched some fishermen catch some fish ranging from tiddlers to mackerel. Then half of us went fishing inspired by the other fishermen and the other half of us prepared the meal which was fajitas. We have finally cleaned up and are now in free time before we have to go to our beds for the next day!

By George Baxendale and edited by Alfie Grundy

XF150723 Stockton Scouts – CH2

Monday, July 27th, 2015 - 2 Comments »

Day 6 – Life at 35 degrees
Leaving Guernsey at 9:00am heading to Poole, a 16 hour voyage, by way of a nearby island called Sark. After an ominously good morning, anchoring at Sark for lunch without incident we set sail again at 2:00pm for another expected journey of 11 hours. It was on this journey that the crew, especially Joseph, learned just how difficult simple life chores can be when the boat is at 35 degrees. Things such as walking, washing, cleaning and drying became a constant source of enjoyment and suffering for the leaders and crew respectively. The magnum opus of these events, came in the galley after dinner. Joseph, who had not yet learned the difficulties of life at 35 degrees, i.e. using the heads and walking against the walls, decided it would be a smart decision to open the bin, the unconnected bin, which promptly swung open and threw trash all over the floor, though not before it had been filled with leftovers and spaghetti bolognaise. Alex felt much less sick over the course of the crossing, even feeling well enough to helm the boat for a while. We were also successful in completing a headsail change at speed- a racing manoeuvre.
As the late night drew on we settled into a watch system, some would stay out and watch while others would try for some much needed sleep. However, at 9:30pm, we received a call from challenger 3, our sister (and competing) ship, informing us that they had run over a lobster pot and were unable to continue at any great speed. At 00.30am we caught up and gave them a tow and a raft into the relative safety -though not safe from out mockery- of Poole harbour. We tied up at 3:30am and then it was finally into bed for a well-earned rest.

By Joe & James


Day 5

And finally the leaders’ voices are heard…..

We spent the day in Guernsey due to some inconsiderate high winds in the channel, luckily giving us the opportunity to explore some of the island’s sights, buy ice creams etc.

Unfortunately the day started with a bit of maritime Tetris; a 5am engine wake up to let the ferry we were moored to depart resulted in various rearrangements in the harbour, although some slept through oblivious.  For the team the morning was spent doing sailing theory to contribute towards their RYA Competent Crew certificate, whilst the leaders diligently washed all the team’s expedition t-shirts (with some shirts definitely walking into the carrier bag on their own….).  A lunch of jacket potatoes, cheese and beans allowed us all to witness first-hand Euan’s amazing transformation into the human baked bean eating machine, a feat we understand to be matched by Mr. Tom Scott in the yacht next door.  The team spent the afternoon exploring Guernsey including visiting the Aquarium, Cornet Castle and the plethora of Ice Cream stalls around the marina, a good time was had by all.

A proper British meal of Sausage and Mash gave us a brilliant opportunity to give Archie and Alex a master-class in preparing vegetables (apologies parents…… they both claim to have never done this before!).  Due to some interesting techniques demonstrated earlier in the voyage coaching was carried out in peeling, chopping and preparing potatoes, carrots, onions, cauliflower and broccoli (we hope this is of some benefit to parents when they return!).

As a general note to parents, all team members have had experience in washing up, cleaning, cooking, sweeping, mopping, toilet cleaning, early mornings, working hard…..obviously all very popular activities….we hope you are all able to capitalise upon this!

More seriously, we are all having an excellent time, learning lots, experiencing something completely different and having a good laugh along the way. We are now looking forward to our journey back across the channel tomorrow!

Love Karen and Lotti


Day 4

After rousing from a deep sleep, the morning beckoned us. Time to do some jobs and once a hearty breakfast of an assortment of bacon buttys (which was excellently cooked to perfection) was shovelled down our necks we began our “rest day”. Once ashore we danced in the gloriously divine showers and then ventured deep into the twisting streets of Guernsey searching for any sign of life (it was Sunday so consequently there were no open shops). The sun then made a rare appearance and many ice creams were enjoyed. We then were patiently driven back to our boat on the dingy by the watch leader Adam. A final meal was consumed before the pack or packs of cards appeared and the games and the screaming began and Sharon is very good at cheat.

By Archie & Bainbridge


Day 3

Today we set off at 9:15 from Weymouth to Guernsey, which took 13 hours as we got in to the harbour at 10:00pm. It was a good day, but a tiring one and we were all ready for our beds. On our way we saw some dolphins on the bow of the ship as well as France and the other Channel Islands. We crossed the shipping lanes and saw lots of big ships. Euan and Sharon made all three meals today and we ate up on deck as many people were feeling seasick. During the journey we had all three sails up (Yankee 2, Staysail and the main sail), we managed to reach 10 knots. The weather was nice and warm with a nice amount of wind, however the water was very choppy – inducing more seasickness. A few of the crew members managed to burn significantly, even after a large amount of sun cream was applied. Alex, Archie, Karen and even watch leader Adam were the worst for ware with seasickness, so the rest of the crew sang campfire songs to keep up morale.

Alex and Lynchy


Day 2

Today we sailed from Yarmouth to Weymouth and today we hoisted the sails compared to yesterday. During the course of the day we sailed through a rough patch of weather in which three crew members suffered the joys of sea sickness. In an attempt to share lunches between the two yachts, two pasties went overboard, because Amy couldn’t throw. In addition we completed a series of tacks and jibes as a team and some of us got to helm the boat. We had a fish and chip supper once we got into port, with fish cooked on board and chips from the local chippie.

James and Joe


Day 1

Today was brilliant when we got on board the Challenger yacht and we were getting ready to go

Also this morning our team mate Archie learned the art of getting up late and therefore had to do the worst jobs (cleaning the toilets).

We sailed at a steady calm pace to Cowes to refuel the ship we then went to Yarmouth and here we spend the night.

- David Hodgson


A gloriously exciting adventure commenced today! For today is the day in which we boarded the Challenger 2 yacht – a rather impressive vessel.

Already, we have developed not only as sailors, but as people. To give an example, our beloved crewmate Alex has sliced his first vegetable today, and we are all – of course – incredibly proud of the little scamp.

As far as they go, the boat is very comfortable. The bunks provide the means for a brilliant night’s sleep, with little risk of becoming fast friends with the floor.

We’re all looking forward to the journey ahead of us. Chances are we’ll all make it out alive.

- Euan Lodge

XF150723 Stockton Scouts – CH3

Monday, July 27th, 2015 - 1 Comment »

Day 5
Today we woke up to the harbour master telling us to move (once again) as the cruise ship was going to use the pontoon we had been moved to the previous morning resulting in us being on a fishing quay rafting with the Challenger 2 and The Sirena (a ship with fully automated winches). The rest of the morning was used doing some of the competent crew training and teaching us how to use the MOB equipment (flares, nets and general operation). The rest of the day was spent on exploring all Guernsey had to offer Aquariums, castle cornet and plenty of land to explore.

Jonathan and James


Day 4

Hello everyone. We started today with some rainfall and harsh winds which made the tall ship rock violently. (A stark contrast from yesterday). We battled the elements to move the ship to another (more stable) pontoon closer to the shore of Guernsey. When we finished this we went below deck to get warm and dry ready for breakfast which was made by Amelia (one of our Watch leaders).When the rain had cleared we went onto the shore for a relaxing, warm shower. We returned to our ship and dinner was prepared. We ate dinner and then went back onto shore for the afternoon where we went off in groups to explore the beautiful island and scenery in Guernsey. We then returned to the ship at 5pm where we started to talk to our friends from challenger 2 who were visiting our ship before they had to leave us to get the dingy boat back over to their boat which was parked in a different area. After tea we engaged in a game of monopoly before bed at 11pm.

Amy Hodgson


Day 3

Hi everyone. Today we went from Weymouth to St.Peter’s port Guernsey . The weather was great! Sun in the sky wind in our sails and plenty of relatively calm water with the occasional touch of choppy water resulting in a 30 degree heel most of the day. We saw many tankers that where using the shipping routes in The Channel. We used the main sail with no reefs as well as the Yankee 2 and Stay sail which lead to a rather swift crossing of The Channel which was from 9 am – 9 pm (finishing mooring at the pontoon at almost the minute).Tom and Sam (one of our Watch leaders) valiantly undertook the creation of our dinner which was a delicious chilli with Sam’s own mix of seasonings.

As well as this we performed tacks and jibes as well as a MOB (man over board) practice with a fender. Although we actually did very little I doubt anyone will complain about the sun and sitting round with music playing falling asleep.

Jonathan Paul


Day 2

Hello everybody! Some people say that rain is good for you, I don’t think so. Today it rained rather a lot. It began with a peaceful morning leaving Yarmouth, sadly it took a turn for the worst. As the minutes went by, the weather worsened. Dressed in full waterproofs, we ventured into the unknown world of the vast, dangerous ocean. With sails raised and motor off we tackled the elements to begin our journey to Weymouth. As the downpour continued we ate our breakfast, a beautifully bamboozling bacon sandwich. After eating our superb meal, we carried on into the next dark cloud. However this cloud was even worse. The rain came with a vengeance, coupled with a motive to kill. We still stubbornly ventured forward, the journey became much faster along with a severe amount of tilt. This sadly resulted in much pain and suffering, in the form of seasickness. This resulted in about a third of our crew unfortunately empting their stomachs, worst of all Niall who didn’t have any stomach left. This may have blunted the work force but it didn’t blunt our hopes and dreams. So, we continued. We finally reached our much deserved destination, and suddenly everyone seemed much improved as soon as they were on solid ground. After finishing with the challenger yacht, we finished our day with a classic, hearty English meal. Fish and Chips. With stomachs now refilled we finished today by writing this blog, which is how I am speaking to you now. Thank you for your time and I hope you have enjoyed reading.

From the better of the two yachts (Challenger 3)

Tom, Sean, Crispin and Amy


Day 1

So the journey begins! We have started sailing, from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight. Our first stop has warm showers and beautiful views. We have started to learn the basic concepts and skills of the Challenger and how all the different parts work. We have had a delicious tea, Chicken Fajitas sat around the coffin shaped table (people used to get operated on if they came to be in trouble on the boat!) We have built as a group and learnt how to work as a team helping and supporting each other along the way. The rooms are small but comfy and the toilets require a work out! Where having a great time and no one has been sick yet! We are looking forward to the next six days and what it has to bring!

Phoebe Marshall and Jonathan Paul

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