In any event, the Hampshire Chamber Networking on October 19th took place with the Tall Ships Youth Trust Charity.
All things considered, the morning was crisp, with daylight breaking to a clear sky. To begin with, the event started by congregating of the attendees in the All Bar One restaurant at 07.30hrs.
Following a light breakfast of croissants and coffee, the attendees received a briefing from TSYT on the morning’s activity. As a result, with two yachts the groups allocated to Challenger 2 or 4. We then made our way to the pontoon for boarding.
In due time after the group photo, we boarded our respective challenger yacht.
Before we departed from the pontoon aw had a safety talk and advice on what not to do. We Then received lifebelts which we all put on. With the yacht ready we then left the berth.
Heading to sea
Forthwith, slipping the lines, we carefully with expert handling by the helmsperson left the berth and proceeded to sea. In this case, whilst leaving the harbour we were underway with the motor running. Once clear of the harbour entrance and the main shipping lanes thoughts turned to sails.
At the same time as entering open water, the helmsperson gave instructions for hoisting of the sails. As can be seen, volunteers (under instruction) from the Motley crew gave a hand setting the sails. With hoisted sails, and the gentle blowing wind filling them. The helmsperson gave a demonstration of tacking with the wind. Other motley crew members then took turns at the helm.
Returning to port
Accordingly, after a couple of hours at sea with a slight wind and beautiful sunshine, we started to return port. In the first place, the first task was to drop the sails. Therefore, the motley crew got to the task as a team. Accordingly with the sails lowered all helped to stow them away. Furthermore, with the sails stowed, the yacht squared away, permission from the Queens Harbour Master, we returned to the berth.
Hampshire Chamber Networking
After tying up we retired to the Customs House pub for a talk on the charity and lunch.
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