Sailing for Success

April 19th, 2016 | Outdoor Education School News

Eight Writhlington students embarked on an adventure of a lifetime as they took to the seas in a 72ft Challenger Yacht.  

The students set sail from Portsmouth as part of the Tall Ships Youth Trust training programme aimed at encouraging young people to become independent, working on social, organisational and resilience skills.

Year 9 student, Jasmine Miller, said:

We were really curious, and a little scared about the trip, as we couldn’t imagine what to expect. We learn’t so much over the week and had a lot of fun doing it. It was tiring but we built resilience to continue and had the best time.’   

As training members of the Tall Ships crew, the students were challenged physically and mentally over the week, harnessing new skills including boat navigation, micro night navigation and rigging.

As well as learning the new sailing skills, students were also responsible for the day to day running of the ship including cleaning schedules, menu planning and cooking for all staff and crew. Students were also trained for life threatening scenarios including ‘Man Over Board’ and general First Aid.

Writhlington Science Teacher, Charles Whittaker, said:

I’ve never been on a trip where students have come so far in one week. It was a privilege to be a part of the adventure!