LEADERSHIP AT SEA: This is the scheme that has been set up for 16-25 year olds in order for them to take part in the day to day activities of permanent crew on the ship. For example we have taken over watches, done log books, briefed watches and many other activities set up by the crew. Our first task was to see our ability as working as a team, in groups of 4; we had to get a bucket full of water from the main mast to the foremast without spilling or touching the ground. It was hard but our team successfully won with only spilling an inch of water while the others dropped and cracked their bucket.
Last night while on watch we had the entertainment of an Irish coastguard helicopter doing a practice drill on the back of our boat. Despite the noise, they managed to lower a winch man onto the boat, who had great delight in showing off his acrobatic tricks on the way off.
Today, being the last full day, we anchored off the Isle of Man, in order to have lunch ashore and get some final supplies before returning for the last competition of the week, this was the egg throwing task. We had to develop a presentation, as well as supporting an egg to be thrown form the fore mast as far forward without breaking but having to land on the deck. Our presentation got a large applause as we sang a modified bohemian rhapsody called 'bohemian egg-sidy'. Of the five competing teams, two eggs landed in the water, two suspended on the other crows nest and the final team (the crew) merely had to drop the egg onto the floor to win.
As it's the final day, we would like to say thank you on behalf of all of the leadership at sea team, mostly this goes to Pete (aka Paddington bear) and the rest of the permanent crew. Also to Chris our fantastic watch leader who pushed us in the right direction all the way. And finally, thank you to all on board for making it a fantastic week and an experience that we won't forget.
Update By: Claire Carruthers and Olivia Fairfield