My Sailing Adventure 2021 by Grace Heritage
During my summer holidays, I went on a six day sailing adventure with The Rona Sailing Project. This organisation is a charitable trust which provides sailing adventures for young people, including those with disabilities and mental health issues. I had the unique opportunity to sail with them after successfully securing my place.
My trip began in Southampton, where I boarded the yacht ‘Merrilyn’ and was introduced to the crew mates who would be joining me on this trip. There were 7 girls in total, all aged 14-15, and an adult crew of 6 that included a skipper and two watch leaders. The boat itself was a 62-foot-long ocean-going sailing yacht that took up to 16 people. Once we set sail, my watch leader taught me about the boat and how to carry out certain tasks, such as working the sails, navigation and safety at sea. Our trip took place on the South Coast and during the course of the voyage we visited Cowes on the Isle of Wight, Portland, Weymouth and Swanage.