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Tall Ships Expedition

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On the 1st November 2013, I joined up with 16 other Air Cadets from across the UK to embark on a new challenge – a week long sailing expedition on the Sea Cadet boat, the 'TS Royalist'. We were all complete strangers at the beginning of the week but we were all very excited for the week ahead. The first night was an experience of its own as we got to stay on board the HMS Bristol.

We had a fantastic time on board and it was a proud moment when we set off under sail power alone. The fun started once it got dark though, as we navigated our way up Southampton Water, using only the navigation lights on buoys and passing ships to help us.

Throughout the week we tried our hands at all number of things from sail tacking and wearing to setting and handing, ropes and knots and much more. We also got the opportunity to climb the rigging and take the helm on numerous occasions, which were challenges we all rose to and enjoyed. We also had a lot of fun going out on the sea boat rides, which was slightly faster than the Royalist!

The best part though in my opinion was learning so many new skills and making so many new friends. It was so sad to say goodbye as over the week we had progressed from a group of strangers to a dream team. Not only did we gain new friends though, we also gained an Offshore Hand qualification and some priceless memories.

I have to say a massive thank you to Flt Lt Carter for giving me this opportunity, the 1024 (Isle of Wight) Squadron committee for helping fund the trip and of course to the amazing staff on board the Royalist who gave us a week we will never forget.

I would thoroughly recommend the trip to anyone who has the chance to go on it, it truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I enjoyed myself so much I’m hoping to go back next year!