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TPA Sailing Trip – Final Day

TPA Sailing Trip – Final Day

Day 5

For whom the bell tolls… We weren’t expecting that! Morning wake up was 7am with Ed and a large bell ringing through the boat! Brekkie at 7.15am and the epic clean up began!

Everyone had jobs allocated so once breakfast was over, the jobs commenced – Erin and Ricky on bunk wipe downs, Harry and Adina on heads cleaning duties, Richard, Jack and Ben on deck clean up, Gaby, Andreea and Jonas on galley and mess room clear out and Holly and Thomas on charthouse clean and sort. Every single person gets stuck in on this kind of trip and our crew did brilliantly, they all cooked, cleaned, and sailed every day!

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Towards the end of the clean up, we weighed anchor and started our final journey down the Medway to Chatham Marina. With fenders and lines out ready, we were greeted by Mrs Villalta from Holcombe Grammar School keen to meet our sailors as we had with theirs last week! Our crew kept busy, moving rubbish, cleaning the decks, stowing their belongings and the sails prepping the boat to be someone else’s home next week.

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No sooner had we arrived it was time to say our farewells but not before achievement certificates were awarded. Each member of our crew received a certificate to celebrate the trip and where we’d been.  In addition, each person was awarded a Royal Yachting Association practical certificate!
Start Yachting certificates were awarded to Jonas, Jack, Ben, Gaby, Adina, Andreea, Richard, Ricky, Harry and Thomas.
Competent Crew certificates were awarded to Holly and Erin.

These are internationally recognised qualifications that our crew can use to begin their sailing journey if they choose to continue!

As we left Faramir for the last day, our crew were buzzing with excitement and stories of their time on board and the things they learned along the way!

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So highlights for everyone….
Richard: “Learning to tie up the ropes and doing figure of 8’s on the cleats.”
Ben: “Sleep, but also getting the hang of the ropes!”
Thomas: “Sailing to the Isle of Wight, because it was really windy and really wet, I found it strangely calming!”
Ricky: “The food! Eating and cooking it!”
Gaby: “Our first proper watch, it was so fun!”
Jack: “Tuesday was the best day, because we really got our bearings on the boat.”
Holly: “Sliding around at an angle down below was really fun, but I loved the cooking and everything!”
Erin: “Steering when the sun was setting, no one was around, it was so quiet!”
Harry: “Steering when it was windy and wavy!”
Adina: “I loved when the waves were hitting the boat and we went up and down, it was like a rollercoaster.”
Jonas: “Everything, I liked everything.”
Andreea: “Funniest moment was when I fell asleep on the wheel and then rolled off the wheel onto the bench and slept there!”
Miss French: “Reminding myself how funny it is trying to cook and stand at extreme angles that seemed to get more extreme as soon as I lit the stove!”
Pippa (our 1st mate): “Sailing at night which we don’t always get to do with our groups and taking you all out of your comfort zone. Doing difficult things is how you challenge yourself and how you learn things about yourself. It shows you, you can be brave, you can be tough”.
Alisia (our Bosun): “When you were all working together to tack the boat, you were working together as a team, listening to each other, working with each other, it was brilliant”

What did TPA sailing crew find out….
A – all – everyone has to take a role, play your part and work together, being part of a team and part of something amazing.
S – safe – staying safe but having fun is paramount at sea, always remember to look out for others especially when they’re poorly
P – prepared – be open to try new things, be prepared to challenge yourself and get…
I – involved – you get out what you put in… The more involved, the better the journey, the more amazing the opportunity
R – respect yourself and others, belief and trust in you and those around you! Respect the feelings of those you’re with and show empathy!
E – exciting experience – making personal, emotional and physical challenge change the way you think, be excited, take opportunities, make memories and build experience!

Reflections
When a crew member fights back so hard about something that is tough and you try to convince them it’s good for them, only for them push back harder.  The moment they decide it’s okay to accept the challenge, however hard, turn it around and come to you in tears at the end of the trip because the sailing has made such an impact on them… That’s why this is so valuable as a life experience.

To use Pippa’s words, it’s only when you challenge yourself that you find out things about yourself; you can be brave, you can be tough.

Finest moment on the journey home?
Andreea – I found my true passion, I want to be a sailor and do what Pippa does!

Best moment of our return, the buzz of the experience being relayed to friends, teachers, family!

TPA’s sailing crew took ownership of Faramir this week, she was their home, their safety, their laughter and their discovery.  Thank you Faramir and crew!

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Miss French and TPA Sailing Crew