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XF171029 Claire’s Court Challenger 4

Sun 29 October – Fri 3 November

Entry Five

Day 5, woke up at 7.30 which almost felt like a lie in after the night before. Once breakfast was eaten we inflated the dinghy and did dinghy racing with Challenger 3. After we packed up, had a wander in the vast expanse which is Yarmouth town we then cast off. Once we caught up with Challenger 3 who cast off moments before we did, the main sail hoist race was on. With half a second between the boats… WE WON! Go team! After this, a much needed lunch break was in order. Later in the day we decided to hoist the spinnaker pole up and climb up, hand over hand dangling from a rope, over the fast moving sea below. Everyone made it.  A very odd but satisfactory feeling but nothing compared to what was to come…

We concluded the day by sailing back to Portsmouth in no wind eventually mooring alongside Challenger 3. We started the war on cleaning that is to be completed tomorrow. However, getting through some of the cleaning gave us a great reward; with both boats moored alongside each other we concluded the inter-boat races with some mast climbing up to 100ft above the water. Everybody had a go, even the staff. It was a terrifying challenge for some but you’ll be impressed to hear that everyone made it, right up to the top!

Sammy

Entry Four

We woke up at 07:00 and began to prepare the boat. We then set off from Alderney at around 09:00 setting sail for Guernsey, another channel Island to our south. This time unlike the previous day we began to move only on sail power upwind. Resulting in an amount of heel that many of the crew were not expecting. This meant that we needed to learn how to work as a team and tack the boat. We also did a man overboard training session where we learnt how to perform such a manoeuvre on a boat of this size. We found this very interesting learning all of the safely precautions that you will have to follow when pulling someone out of the water and how the simplest of mistakes could cause them harm.

We arrived at Guernsey at around 15:30 – 16:30 when we were allowed off the boat to explore around Guernsey. Later we were allowed to use the showers (to much of the crew’s relief). Soon after that we got food. Which happened to be fish and chips from the local fish and chip shop. We were then informed that the next day one of the watches would need to wake up at around 04:00. Despite this particularly early timing some of the watch were excited to be able to see what it was like to sail at night.

Overall the day was an insightful and fun day where we learned tons about using the boat under sail.

Entry Three

We woke up at 07:00 and began to prepare the boat. We then set off from Alderney at around 09:00 setting sail for Guernsey, another channel Island to our south. This time unlike the previous day we began to move only on sail power upwind. Resulting in an amount of heel that many of the crew were not expecting. This meant that we needed to learn how to work as a team and tack the boat. We also did a man overboard training session where we learnt how to perform such a manoeuvre on a boat of this size. We found this very interesting learning all of the safely precautions that you will have to follow when pulling someone out of the water and how the simplest of mistakes could cause them harm.

We arrived at Guernsey at around 15:30 – 16:30 when we were allowed off the boat to explore around Guernsey. Later we were allowed to use the showers (to much of the crew’s relief). Soon after that we got food. Which happened to be fish and chips from the local fish and chip shop. We were then informed that the next day one of the watches would need to wake up at around 04:00. Despite this particularly early timing some of the watch were excited to be able to see what it was like to sail at night.

Overall the day was an insightful and fun day where we learned tons about using the boat under sail.

Entry Two

The day started with an early morning wakeup call at 0600 with a highly unrested crew having not quite adjusted yet to their new ‘beds’. Planning to leave Freshwater bay at 0630 with all having a bacon roll on board- only just providing enough energy to hoist the mainsail!

The crossing to Alderney was far from quiet seeing huge container ships and having to navigate around them as well as a quick visit from a pod of dolphins.

When we arrived in Alderney we took a short water taxi to the shore to have a look around the local shops and have a stroll on the beach. We also managed to meet up with the other Challenger crew and caught up with their trip so far.

Tonight both boats are sat on neighbouring moorings. After another amazing meal with thanks to Caroline and the starboard watch hopefully everyone will be well rested for our sail to Guernsey tomorrow.

Will & Anna

Entry One 

Claire’s court departed from the boy’s school at 8:30 we then arrived at Portsmouth Gunwarfe Quay and boarded the two challenger yachts. Where we were shown around the boat and told about the many safety hazards and how to use the boat safely. Afterwards we were spit of into watches and began to perform some of the tasks that needed to be done. One of the watches prepared the sails to be hoisted and the other watch made lunch.

After eating food at 2:00 we departed from the harbour and began to make our way towards the western side of the isle of white. We began by using the ending and then eventually hoisting the two head sails at 3:10. At around 6:30 we reached where we were going and anchored up to eat food that was prepared by one of the watches.

Overall we thought that the day was very informative and a great inside into just the beginnings of what it is like to sail one of these incredible yachts.

Alex