A group of enthusiastic Year 7 and Year 8 pupils embarked on an exhilarating five-day sailing expedition along the captivating East Coast during the May half-term. Their journey commenced on May 29th, setting sail from Ipswich Harbour and finding their first mooring at Levington. Navigating the enchanting waters of the River Orwell and the River Stour, the pupils fearlessly embraced the challenge of conquering strong waves.
Fueled by hearty breakfasts, the pupils took turns completing chores, such as meal preparation, dishwashing, and ensuring the boat’s cleanliness. They also acquired a diverse range of sailing knots, adding to their newfound skills.
As twilight enveloped the surroundings, the group gathered around a table with the skipper and fellow crew members. Eager to preserve their experiences and insights, the pupils diligently recorded the day’s activities and the breathtaking locations they explored.
When the time for rest arrived, the pupils reveled in the joy of hammock sleeping—a delightful novelty for many. Despite the unconventional sleeping arrangements, everyone enjoyed a peaceful night’s slumber. The memories forged during this extraordinary voyage will undoubtedly endure in their minds forever. The remarkable crew, brimming with captivating tales, played an instrumental role in crafting an unforgettable and truly unique boating experience.
The pupils hope that by sharing their awe-inspiring adventure, they can inspire others to venture into the captivating world of sailing.
“Thalatta was a fun trip; I learnt many things and made many friends. I learnt how to tie ropes, the different sails on a ship and experienced the life of a sailor. I have also improved my cooking skills and learnt how to do different household tasks where I hope I can help my family at home and improve their skills! We saw many different types of seashells, oyster shells, shark eggs and even seals! This was an amazing trip, and I can’t wait to do this again.” ~ Shlok (8ADH)