*** This voyage has been funded by The Clare Foundation. The young people aged 16-25 onboard have been nominated for the residential voyage by Buckinghamshire-based charities.

Day 1 (Monday 6th) - by Amy Hooper and Daisy Adams

Today being the first day, of course was a fun-filled, packed day. We met at the boat at around 1pm and had Covid-19 lateral flow tests which were all negative. After having our own lunch, some got subway (cheesy spicy meatballs) which were mouth-wateringly delicious, we attempted and managed (with support!!) to get down the super steep stairs with our luggage. Then we all sat on deck and got to know one another. At 16:16pm, we left Portsmouth Harbour and headed to Cowes on the Isle Of Wight. We learned roping and winching techniques as well as how to unpack the sail. About an hour later, we started dinner!!! Today it was chicken curry and there was a veggie option too. It was my watch which made the splendid supper. After dinner, we had a team briefing and if we wanted to we showered, otherwise it was compulsory to shower tomorrow morning though, the ladies said their hair doesn't need to be washed until tomorrow evening, hopefully in Poole.

Right then peeps we’re off, we feel like hot stuffed bears and need to get back up on deck for some air!! (we don’t we need any fainties!!)

P.S We're not saying what’s going to happen tomorrow. Suspense!

Lots of love Daisy and Hoopla

Day 2 (Tuesday 7th) 

Morning

The morning consisted of an early rise from our hammock beds (through the strings). Our watch were on breakfast duty and were in charge of providing everyone with a morning meal. Luckily, due to the tide this morning, we were able to spare some free time at Cowes Harbour. A couple of people explored the area and spotted a quaint café where they indulged in some afternoon tea and cake (in the morning;)). The other crew members stocked up on snacks and got hot drinks from costa to tide them over until the afternoon. 

Afternoon

Today the sails went up for the first time !!!! The Yankee and main sail both went up as we sailed from beautiful Cowes to busy Poole. Our watch leader, John departed us from Poole for the first time under the watchful eye of our reliable skipper. We had a safe voyage and we learned how to tack and gybe the sail. Multiple members of our watch learned how to man the helm and manoeuvre the boat which was a new experience for all of us. Another member Sally, bravely took the courage to climb the mast and attached the main sail into place. We had plenty of relaxing time on our voyage so we were able to learn more about each other and bond as crewmates.

Evening

Our watch had the responsibility of cooking for 15 this evening, we had the well renowned 'spag bol' to cook for dinner. Luckily, after a stressful afternoon there were compliments all around and we felt very proud to prepare dinner for a hardworking crew. The watch emerged from the saloon to a very pretty sunset in Poole as we ate our hearty meal up on deck under the cool breeze. We are now full of home cooked food and ready for a shower and bed.

Day 3 (Wednesday 8th) -  by E.G. Hawes

We set sail for Weymouth (where I'd been to visit went with my mum and step-father before). We sailed across the sea and I liked sitting at the front. In Weymouth, we went to an arcade and I won a prize. Then we went for a stroll and I went pass the apartment I stayed in with my parents. For dinner we had fish and chips and chicken burgers.

Day 4 (Thursday 9th) - by E.G Hawes

We left Weymouth in the next and we sailed back to Portsmouth. I was good at sailing the boat and my hammock in my cabin was cosy like always. It was too hot to have my blanket on, so I just had my PJs on. For dinner we had sweet and sour chicken