Friday 3 November 2017

Andy's Sailing Experience with Pioneer Sailing Trust


When I was a young boy of about 7 years of age, my mother and father along with my brother sailed across the sea on an ocean liner to stay on the Isle of Man for a week to watch the Isle of Man T.T Races. I still remember even now how poorly I was both on the journey there and back.

So when my keyworker at Emmaus Colchester asked if I would like to go on a five day sailing adventure on a deep sea Essex fishing smack, my initial impulse was to say no. Not long after, Gia suggested it would be a welcome break for me (I had just arrived at the community and was struggling to find my feet), so I agreed and prepared to embark on a sailing adventure. I was very excited but at the same time nervous that again I would feel poorly on the ship.

For the first couple of hours, it was very tough but after getting some help from the crew, I overcame my sea sickness and was able to find my ‘sea-legs’; I really began to enjoy myself. We all worked as a team and I learned new skills (steering, rigging, tying knots, and learning about the tides and navigating the ship). I loved meeting new people and we really bonded as a group.

It was truly a unique experience - a combination of an amazing holiday and hard work. We visited three different islands using a motor lunge for seal- watching at Potton Island, discovering fossils at Walton-on-the-Naze and searching for sharks' teeth at North Sea Island. I will definitely sail again, if given the opportunity, as it helped to build my confidence and I could not be grateful enough to the Pioneer Trust for giving me a chance to experience it all. 

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