After a hearty breakfast it was time for assisted climbs and hoisting the crew aloft. With the spectacular cliffs and woods of the Isle of Wight as our back drop. After some extraordinarily brave climbing we set about learning how to brace the ship. With the crew ready we heaved the anchor up and sailed off the anchorage down towards Hurst Castle and the Needles Channel. Freshwater all weather lifeboat made a few high speed passes decked out in flags for the Royal wedding.
We then had to square the yards as the wind was very close to the stern, we managed to hit 9.6 knots under sail out of the needles and almost made it to Poole before needing to head back for the night. We then had a chance to wear the ship (put the stern through the wind.) After all the rope pulling it was time for a bit of cake and coffee. We then had to hand sail and motor to windward up the Needles channel into our anchorage, once again Salt Mead (due to its protection from the Easterlies.)