Tall Ships Challenge

On Monday 11 July, for the first time, Jack Hunt School will be participating in the Tall Ships Challenge along with students and staff from Voyager School and Ormiston Bushfield Academy. The event is organised by Cross Key Homes in conjunction with Tall Ships Youth Trust and will be going on a voyage along the Solent, off the south coast, from July 11 to July 15.

Through this unique sailing experience, the trust introduces young people to life in a small maritime community, living in close proximity to others, sharing facilities, carrying out vessel’s routines and learning as a team to sail the Challengers and live onboard. This form of adventure training offers a wealth of opportunity for personal development by providing:

An unusual physical environment which requires an individual to adapt their conventional behaviour.
A physical challenge.
A psychological challenge.
The need for teamwork.
An awareness of the skills and roles that contribute to a successful team.
An awareness and understanding of others which often leads to lasting friendship and respect.
A sense of achievement and increased self-confidence through the acquisition of new skills, both sailing and social.

Follow our progress

We will be updating the world on our progress through our own Blog below with updates to our Official Facebook Page and Twitter, as well as through the Tall Ships blog.

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  • Day 4 BLOG- Georgia’s Watch + Olivia

    Posted: 15/07/16

    This was an amazing day! First we had a half hour lie in and got up at the glorious time of 8am however some of the lads needed a little assistance getting up so it was time…time to bring out the Crazy Frog. After they had got up we had breakfast of bacon in a roll after the oven had smashed to pieces. L Once the crew was fuelled up it was time for the inter-boat challenge of the dingy race in which the teachers were fab…ish.  We came first WHOO-RAAAHHHHHHH. We then chilled out on the boat in the glorious sun of Poole and took in those rays. Eventually we left port at 1pm and set sail, before we put the main sail up we got the harness out and climbed up the 92ft mast out at sea, the views were spectacular however some of the boys were too busy screaming to take in the views (don’t want to name drop but one starts with A and ends in roon and the other starts with M and ends in oses ). Later on in the day we had an inter-boat race where we came second but we had a moral victory. We then dropped anchor outside of Cowes and had a dance off on deck where Watch Leader Georgia and Josh did the sardine and the jelly fish up and down the length of the boat, after that we ate lots of custard and ice-cream. Now we are off to get ready for the night sail… Apologies for the delay but having been anchored off shore we had no wi-fi. We are now safely docked in Portsmouth after a fantastic night crossing that was an awesomely chilled way to finish off the voyage.

    As a final word we would also like to thank Julian, Amy, Gareth and Georgia for all their help, support, patience, guidance, humour and hard work. A massive thank you to them.

    Josh. C, Olivia & Georgia

  • Day 3 Blog – The Too Tired to Type (Mr Davison & Miss Hinch)

    Posted: 13/07/16

    Breakfast was a gourmet setting of the finest rolled oats and honeyed flakes accompanied by a luxurious silken yoghurt (Weetabix and yoghurt). With breakfast stowed the team came above decks to all pitch in to finish off the setting up of the boat ready for the next leg of our voyage. Before we hit open water though we were to have our first inter-boat competition, the raising of the main sail. As we pulled alongside the other two boats tensions were high, countdown came over the radio and with the call of zero the race was on. With the whole crew pulling, sweating and working together we were victorious over the losers (The Voyager and OBA). With the win in the bag we set sail for Poole. A relaxed crossing as we skirted inclement weather through the astute helmsmanship of Miss Hinch and Mr Davison (under the professional guide of the professional Gareth, who was far more professional than us). As we progressed we came across another vessel in need of assistance as they ran their overboard drills but try as we might we could not steal…help their buoy in distress! We arrived in Poole as the sun was coming out. Before we were to tuck into our dinner of fish and chips we had one more important challenge to complete. With dedicated focus each team immersed themselves in Pooles tourist jungle in the hope of emerging with the most tacky souvenir. We await the results of the judging with baited breath. To finish off the day we went to the ‘beach’ for a very British dip in our tropical like waters!

    Mr Davison & Miss Hinch

  • Day 1- Georgia’s watch (J Man and the J Manets)

    Posted: 11/07/16

    First we travelled from Peterborough train station and arrived at Gunwaugh Quays and got onto challenger 3. We were introduced to the skippers (Julian), mate (Amy) and Watchleaders (Georgia and Gareth). After being introduced we looked below deck and then on the deck we found the navigation section one of the most interesting bits of the boat. After this we then got our wet gear together as well as our lifejackets. By 1530 we had set off from Portsmouth and did a starboard and port runner race between to the two watches in which Georgia’s watch won; no matter how much the other team say they had won. By 1800 we had arrived in East Cowes where our watch was in charge of making dinner- chicken Fajitas they were delicious! Josh. M washed up for the first time and wants his mum to know he is available for all washing duties upon his return. We then went for showers whilst the skippers, mates and more competent crew put up the new main sail ready for use tomorrow. We are all excited for a play in the water tomorrow.

    Josh, Josh, Denim, Mr Davidson (Ian) ,Charlotte, Amber 

  • Blog Day 2 – Gareth’s Watch (Team 2 Special)

    Posted: 12/07/16

    Watch leader Georgia took it upon herself to wake up the boys with two baking trays (Josh and Aroon) after an ‘interesting’ night sleep! We then had breakfast which was scrambled egg and crumpets made by Team 2 Special… it was very tasty with Olivia’s eggscellent cookery skills she learned in year 7. Next our morning chores included cleaning the downstairs cabins, winching up the sails, adjusting the ropes and setting up on deck. The weather was not so kind to us today giving us our first real experience of wind and rain at sea. The wind was so strong, Moses lost his footing and almost fell in! Lucky he had his safety cable attached! During the afternoon, Ryan, Cassidy, Aroon, Olivia and Denim took up the challenge of steering the boat. An unexpected gust of wind almost tipped us over :-( We then had to tackle lunch and Team 2 Special ended up looking paler than the pasties after washing up below deck as we continued through the choppy waters. After practicing 27 times the crew have become masters of the tack with a little energy left over for on-board ballet and whipping the cream for tonights Eton Mess. We then had some free time in ‘exciting’ Yarmouth. We had a chance to buy some biscuits (yippee!). We are looking forward to having fish and chips tomorrow in Poole.

    Miss Hinch (Char), Olivia, Ryan, Ella, Maisie, Aroon

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