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Challenger 1 – Project John

By Kate Stewart - August 3rd, 2022 | Posted in Voyager blogs No comments

Onboard Challenger 1 this week, we have a group from Project John, in Barrow-in-Furness joining us for a five-night residential adventure.

Read their daily blog to find out what they’ve been getting up to so far!

Day 1

Monday 1

On our venture from Portsmouth, where we started off, we sailed to Weymouth. On our way there we learnt how to put the sails up by hoisting/sweating them, working as a team.

We also learnt how to tie knots (stopper knot, figure of eight, bowline and clove hitch), which are required on the boat to keep everything in place where they should be.

We took it in turns to steer the boat to get to our desired destination. Josh and Matt took control in two separate groups teaching us how to pull winches and let go of them safely, and how to do the runners. We sailed all day and then had a chippy for tea.

Bu Lucy and Beth. ​

Day 2

Tuesday 2

Day two of our adventure, we made breakfast for everyone (bacon sarnies). We had some shore time and some of us went for ice cream while others went shopping! We prepped the deck to travel to our next destination of Studland Bay.

We set sail at 10:00. We all helped as a team to put up the sails and put them away when we arrived. We had a group discussion to learn how to get on and off the boat safely while we were swimming. It turned out to be a really good day.

We had chicken wraps for tea, which were delicious!

By Kelsey and Beth.​

Day 3

Wednesday 3

Today we woke up in Studland Bay after anchoring out for the night and sailed down to Lymington, we went to look at the town and had free time to do what we wanted for two hours. We then came down to the boat for 17:00. Some people went paddling, some of us went fishing with a net and bucket and a few of the girls went to the aqua park; some of us fed a swan peas and cornflakes because it turns out swans like cornflakes.

Starboard watch made pies, peas, gravy and new potatoes for tea. Now we are going to get showers and come back to the boat to chill out until 23:00 when we’ll go to bed!

By Gypsy and Spencer.​

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