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Challenger 2 – Harwich Mayflower Legacy voyage

By Kate Stewart - August 11th, 2022 | Posted in Voyager blogs No comments

Onboard Challengers 2 and 3 this week, we have 20 young people from three Harwich organisations joining us for a four-night voyage.

The young people, made up of 15 boys and five girls aged 12 to 15 come from Harwich Home StartTeen Talk Harwich and Harwich and Dovercourt High School.

Read the blog below to find out what the youngsters onboard Challenger 2 have been getting up to so far.​

Day 2

Wednesday 10

We woke up feeling excited to travel to Dover because we’re loving the sailing so far!

We went through rocky seas making some people feel sick. So, we stopped to have lunch to get our energy back.

Once we’d finished, we continued our journey and after a few hours, we finally arrived in Dover.

We had beef stew for tea, which we ate on deck.

Day 3

Thursday 11

Today, was interesting because we had the chance to climb the Spinnaker pole. We started the day in Dover and have almost finished our voyage to Portsmouth. ?

For breakfast, we had bacon sandwiches or cereal, at lunch we had sandwiches and for dinner we had chorizo and pasta.

We’re ahead of the Challenger 3 by 1.79 nautical miles. Today, was unbearably hot so we had to put a makeshift parasol up to keep out of the sun.

On our way to Portsmouth, we managed to see a whale. It only skimmed the surface, but it was an incredible sight. We also had to keep watch for lobster pots in case they got tangled in the propellers.

Tomorrow will be our last day. ☹  But we’re all excited to set sail for the final time.

By Quinn and Jordan.​

Day 4

Friday 12

Today, was an interesting day because we got to go swimming and climb the mast. We started the day near the Isle of Wight and carried on our journey to Portsmouth, while doing fun activities on the way.

For breakfast, we had scrambled eggs or cereal, for lunch, we had cheese or ham sandwiches and for dinner, we had bangers and mash.

We stayed ahead of Challenger 3 and beat them into Portsmouth. By the time Challenger 3 arrived, we had put two sails down and tidied the deck. It was hot, so we struggled, but we managed to do it.

At the end of the day, we climbed the mast with three people going to the top. We’re excited to go home tomorrow, but it was such a fun time!​

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