Young women sail to Holland
Forty eight young women have sailed
across the North Sea in a seven-day voyage chartered by Girlguiding
North East England.
The all-female crew travelled from Hartlepool to the port of
Scheveningen in Holland, finishing at Portsmouth Harbour, on board
four Challenger racing yachts.
During the seven-day challenge, participants stepped outside of
their comfort zone to learn skills including navigation, night
sailing, preparing the deck and setting sails, whilst improving
their self-confidence and team-working abilities.
sailing with the Tall Ships I’ve realised that I love a new
adventure and am up for anything,’ said Laura Phillips, 15, from
‘I would do it all over again and I want to go on many more
trips like this again,’ she added, describing her voyage highlights
as ‘meeting new people, sailing at night time, watching the stars,
sunsets and sunrises’.
Claire Pearson, 26, a County Outdoor Activities Advisor from North
Yorkshire, also loved her week on the yacht. ‘It was a fantastic
experience with an amazing group of young women. Climbing the 90ft
mast at the end with the Spinniker Tower alongside us was a
brilliant end to an unforgettable week,’ she enthused.
The crews were met at the end of the trip by
Chief Guide Gill Slocombe, Girlguiding South West England Chief
Commissioner Solange Rebours and Chief Commissioner for Girlguiding
North East England Hilary Cooper.
The Challenger yachts are owned by the Tall Ships Youth Trust, who
co-ordinated the trip on behalf of the Association.