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

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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 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