Wow, well, and what happened to January?
So far our crews have managed to sail for most of January including a few night sails and pilotage and the new Crews from Trafalgar school and St Edmunds school have achieved their RYA basic skills level one which they have stuck at through all manner of conditions and experiences so well done to them, and we hope to present the certificates soon.
Our shore based crews have also started ticking off some well earned qualifications including RYA Diesel engine maintenance and others are well on their way to completing RYA first aid.
Our boatbuilding crews are plugging away at the St Ayles skiffs and the two boats are starting to take shape as well as oars being made and most importantly lots of hands on tools, joinery, planning, teamwork and skills experience. The groups have all now been along to Langstone Adventure rowing and seen some of the finished boats along with learning the theory of rowing, they have also sat in a St Ayles skiff and pulled some oars and tried out dry rowing for the first time. A huge thanks to IBTC Portsmouth for the delivery of fantastic engagement in their Boathouse 4 and also Oarsome Challenges for giving us more tools to engage the Young people of Portsmouth.
We have now taken delivery of squib No4(336 little cracker) and although in need of some tlc we are confident will be a good working boat for us this season.
This is the tip of the ice berg of all that’s been going on and as always you can keep up daily through our twitter feed and weekly through our Facebook page.