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TPA Sailing Trip – Day 3

TPA Sailing Trip – Day 3

Card games and hot chocolate settled us in for the night at the end of day 2 on Faramir and time for a good night sleep in a calm harbour before waking up on sailing day!

Wednesday started with a bit of cloud and drizzle but the bad weather that was due to pass overnight did, leaving a strong breeze behind. A little time to go ashore and restock on treats for the crew was much needed.

“Costa! There’s a Costa! Frostino time!”  – Ben

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With Jacket potatoes on the menu for lunch, the deck crew busied themselves getting everything ready to set sail whilst Green watch prepped food.

All set by early afternoon, it was time for the off, crew kitted up, engine on, lines slipped, mainsail up, headsail up, Mizzen sail up and off for the Eastern end of the Solent!
The sun was shining on us the whole time even though Portsmouth was in the middle of rain. The crew were bubbly and excited to get going.

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As soon as the watch system kicked in, Gaby’s watch set to on SpagBol dinner prep, Holly’s watch took charge of the deck and the rest had some down time.  Lumpy seas got a little lumpier as the winds varied from 15-30kts of breeze from the SSW helping us fly at 9kts for the afternoon.  Adina helming through the seas well, learning to instruct her look outs, Ricky and Thomas to help. Holly busied herself with the ship’s log occasionally popping her head up to check the winds, before ducking down below to check dinner’s progress and running around with buckets for those who needed it!

One of the sailors was caught unaware, being a bit seasick but she bounced back with a grin, dived back below to help with dinner before fresh air breaks to recover and carry on!

With watch change over every 3hrs, TPA’s crew had to work out how on earth they were going to get dressed with the boat rolling, get a drink, get to the deck without falling over or for some, be sick! 9pm change over was ‘lively’, with some seasick sailors.

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No one ever said life at an angle was an easy business, many have found it physically tough so far, but one thing I’d hoped to see our students really show was thinking of ways to problem solve, push through showing resilience and learn to really use their buddies when the struggle almost seems too much. On every occasion, our crew have stepped up to help each other, have taken time to think through a task that seems impossible only to get it done!

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Miss French and the TPA Sailing Crew