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Report By: Mr Davies
It was a hot and sunny afternoon on the river Hamble is where it all started for 15 students on their week’s adventurous sailing aboard an ocean-going yacht.
15 year 9 and 10 students from Mounts Bay and the Five Island School went sailing aboard two yachts from the Solent to as far west as Dartmouth. The yachts, 68 foot Ketch “Rona II”, and a 62 foot schooner “Merrilyn” were each managed by a skipper and after-guard from the Rona Sailing Project and crewed by the students of MBA and FIS.
Life aboard was never a dull moment and students were involved with all the essential aspects of sailing. On a typical day the crew would be up on deck ready to sail at 6am, slip the mooring and put up the sails, steered the boat, cooked a meal, cleaned ship, practice tying knots and anchored at the end of the day. When the sailing stopped we all had time to relax. Highlights were going swimming off the side of the yacht, a barbeque on the beach and a look around some of the towns and ports we visited.
All the students rose to the challenge and walked away with a certificate of either: RYA ‘Start Sailing’, RYA ‘Competent crew’ or the ‘Scott Award’ which means that the trainee will be invited to sail with the Project again.
Yacht Rona II
Phil Davies (MBA staff lead)
Rosie Tocknell (FIS Staff)