Spirit of Adventure Project

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After a year of waiting to take part in the delayed Spirit of Adventure project, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower’s pioneering voyage to the New World, we finally set sail on the 4th of May for four days of sailing in Plymouth Sound on our three tall ships – Moosk, Pegasus and Johanna Lucretia. We were joined by 100 children and their teachers from five primary schools across the city of Plymouth; Compton CofE, High View School, Lipson Vale, The Cathedral School of St Mary. Taking part in this long-awaited event not only marked the start of the Spirit of Adventure project, but also after over a year of waiting, due to the Coronavirus crisis our fleet of historic and heritage boats could finally set sail. There were many reasons to celebrate!

Each day groups of children joined crew from The Island Trust along with other youth sail training charities, Sailing Tectona, Tamar Barge, and The Bounty Project for a unique adventure in Plymouth Sound. For many of the children it was their first venture into the Sound and a chance to explore and learn about its history. Fun was had by all sailing alongside the other vessels whilst visiting historic points within Plymouth Sound such as Drakes Island, Royal Citadel, Martello Tower in Mount Batten, taking in the views of Plymouth Breakwater Lighthouse and seeing the city of Plymouth from the sea.

The children were given a truly hands-on experience – hauling on ropes, manning the helm and learning how to sail our magnificent boats whilst working together as a team. They sang sea shanties along the way and were given a workbook full of quizzes and things to spot to help to embed their learning. The days were full of laughter and fun, the children and teachers told us that they had a wonderful time.

Feedback from the young people who took part (unedited but names removed):


“When we got on the boat, I was excited because we got told we would be pulling ropes and washing the deck. When we set out to sea we hoisted the sails and I got to steer the boat When we got back we had to pull the ropes to get back in IT WAS THE BEST TRIP EVER!”

“At first, I was scared because the boat was rocking. Then, when we were in the middle of the sea, I felt happy. Then, when the big waves came, the boat went over the waves. …. Then, we saw the Pegasus boat and it was the size of the titanic! Then, we saw Plymouth Hoe. Then, we saw the other boat with children on and the sails were brown. …. Then, I drove the boat around Plymouth Sound. We saw another school in the boats and we all cheered!”

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