Last summer a skipper from New Zealand based Spirit of Adventure Trust sailed with us and offered to facilitate an exchange between our two organisations.
As a consequence Ben flew out at the beginning of July for a ten day stint as volunteer Watch Assistant aboard their three-masted barquentine Spirit of New Zealand. Not only did he have a wonderful experience but, on returning home, learned he had passed his A Levels and been accepted into the Warsash Maritime Academy. Well done Ben!
He would like to share his adventures with you:
New Zealand Day 1 I arrived at the Spirit of New Zealand in the early morning with Karl who I had shared a hotel room with the night before. Whilst we were waiting for the previous voyage to leave I was introduced to some of the crew. This is where I met the 4 Watch Leaders, 1st Mate and leading hands. The Watch leaders are …. read the whole log here
Last week we sailed with three Adult Sailability clients together with a carer, our SHTP trainee Luke, mate Hilary and skipper Richard.
It was a particularly inclement few days with constant gale warnings until the final morning and torrential rain all day on Wednesday.
Despite this the team rose to the occasion with whatever was possible, including rowing to East Mersea Stone for a Treasure Hunt between showers and sailing each day albeit between gales.
Well done everyone! More photos.
At the same time construction of our own Thames sailing barge is now under way and we have relocated the office too.
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