Seven day sailing success for pupils’ maiden voyage

The students aboard the Faramir
The students aboard the Faramir

A team of Worthing students set sail on a successful seven day maiden voyage.

Bohunt Worthing students teamed up with youngsters from three other schools in the Bohunt Education Trust to sail on a traditional 22m Wooden Ketch named ‘Faramir’.

Working on deck

Working on deck

Along with students from Bohunt Wokingham, Bohunt School Liphook and The Petersfield School, the Bohunt Worthing pupils worked in three teams known as ‘Watches’ to sail the yacht as part of their extensive Outdoor Education Programme. Students aged between 11-15 years took on roles such as watch leaders and anchor watch.

This experience enabled students to enjoy a first hand experience of what it takes to sail and crew a yacht. The team of young people were able to learn helming, sail handling, rope work, passage planning and the safety that is required onboard.

The voyage began at the Royal Harwich Yacht Club, Ipswich, navigating the River Stour, Brightling Sea and visiting Chatham Marina.

All students took an active role as crew ensuring that duties above and below deck were completed.

Enjoying the voyage

Enjoying the voyage

Tasks included keeping a look out, helming, hauling on ropes to raise the sails, in addition to galley duties to keep the crew fed and watered. They quickly learnt that teamwork and communication was vital in getting the tasks done.

All students had the opportunity to work towards the Royal Yachting Association Start Yachting qualification, with five students exceeding expectations and receiving their Royal Yachting Association Competent Crew certificates.

Neil Strowger, CEO of Bohunt Education Trust and headteacher of Bohunt School, Liphook, said: “We have a culture of game-changers at Bohunt: we constantly strive to push the boundaries of achievement in the widest sense of the word and work hard to offer students the chance to expand their experiences to include organisations outside for classroom. For all students taking part in the Faramir voyage, it is a fantastic achievement to have been involved.”

15 year old student Emily said: “I learnt how different people react differently to different situations and how they need to be spoken to or dealt with in a certain way. I learnt to respect people’s different personalities and needs. I really enjoyed it as a whole. There were lots of highs with a few lows, but they just made us learn in a different way to what we are used to.’

The students get shown the ropes

The students get shown the ropes

Another student, 14 year old Matt, said: “I learnt how to cook, make friends and be confident.”

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