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Challenger 2 – Youth Zone Onside London

By Tall Ships - September 9th, 2019 | Posted in Voyager blogs No comments

Day One

Our day started at 8 am with breakfast. Our brilliant chef Mark cooked toast! After we cleaned up, we went sailing on a Tall Ships Cat. We learnt what is in a life jacket: compressed gas which inflates the life jacket. Interesting fact: it can hold up to 150kg. We also learnt lots of different knots, yes there are more than one. We have the bowline, round turn and two half hitches and clovehitch and more. We tacked and grinded the sheets (ropes along the ship) and halliards(ropes going up the ship). We had lunch whilst out sailing and food makes us sleepy [pictures will be attached. Whilst coming back, we saw a submarine, Hugo Boss’s ship that will participate in round the world competition, naval battle ships and the first ever metal ship called Ironclad built in 1859 but it was only functioning for 11 years. We moored (parked) our sailing ship and prepared dinner. We had sweet and sour chicken with rice. It was a fun day.


Day Two

Our aims for today was to sail from Poole, Dorset to Cowes in the Isle of Wight. It was really fun to set up the boat today, but not so fun putting up the sails. Before we set off, everyone had the chance to climb up the mast. I was the first one to go up and it was amazing. As the crew hoisted me up I got to see the beautiful views of Poole harbour.  A group of locals gathered to watch us all climb the mast on this beautiful sunny day. Everyone found it amazing to reach the peak of challenger 2.

For lunch we rushed down to the chippy in Poole to get five boxes of large chips. The chips were beautifully done and when we got back to the boat, everyone got stuck in and made a chip butty. We set off at 12:30 to sail towards Cowes. Favourable conditions allowed us all to enjoy the day on the sail. The needles of the Isle of Wight looked glorious in the sunshine, and the white cliffs looked mighty brilliant. Two hours after we passed the Needles, we reached Cowes port on the Isle of Wight.

Taylor and I then settled down to prepare dinner, which went down well, because of my refusal to use curry paste. We cooked lamb curry with rice and potatoes. Poppadum’s and naan bread were also served and thankfully all plates were licked clean. All in all today was a good day.

By Anisa Gani, OnSide ambassador.

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