22nd April 2015
Eleven cadets from Trinity school CCF took part in a weekend of Tall Ship training with Trinity Sailing Foundation based in Brixham. They are a registered charity dedicated to assisting the personal development of young people through offshore sail training.
On Friday evening the CCF party joined LEADER, built in 1892 on the River Dart, a former fishing craft and part of the national Historic Fleet. The first manoeuvre after supper and safety briefings was to pick up a buoy in the harbour for the night.
On Saturday morning in the face of an easterly wind and heavy seas but in sunshine, LEADER set sail for Dartmouth arriving at a buoy opposite the Town pontoon in time for lunch of delicious baked potatoes. Sail training continued during the afternoon as cadets were taught to steer on a voyage up the River Dart towards Dittisham. Saturday evening was spent alongside the Town pontoon with some welcome ashore leave before the next meal.
Chartwork was taught after the cadets had washed up and a peaceful night’s sleep was had by all – all that fresh air and heaving on ropes had tired everyone out.
Sunday dawned fresh and bright and after an early breakfast the crew were ready to set sail back toward Brixham. The wind had moderated and everyone had found their sea legs so it was a lively sail back with much singing of sea shanties.
For those cadets on board who had been part of the successful 2014 Tall ships Regatta last August, this was more experience and mileage for their log books and for the novices, a challenging but rewarding introduction to Tall Ship sailing.
If you would like to see just how much of a challenge our young cadets had to face, you might care to look at this youtube clip, shot by a casual observer from the shore. It comes with a warning for those who suffer from seasickness!