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Wednesday, 19 January 2011
Tenacity of Bolton, the 60 foot yacht built by the boys of
Bolton School, is to circumnavigate the British Isles this summer
in a series of legs with crews from different schools. It is
the latest chapter in the amazing story of what started off as a
school technology project for the new millennium. Upon
completion in 2007 and amongst much fanfare and publicity, Tenacity
was moved from Bolton School to Glasson Dock near Lancaster where
it was officially launched by the Rt Hon Richard Caborn MP.
The boat then underwent rigorous sea trials before being utilised
by Bolton School pupils for sailing training voyages - by Year 8
pupils as part of their curriculum and by Sixth Form students for
their Duke of Edinburgh training. And now the boat is
available for commercial hire by groups and individuals.
Skipper, Colin Wright, commented: "Tenacity is equipped to the
highest specifications and has been designed to be fully
operational anywhere in the world so we are very excited by our
round Britain adventure. Apart from a couple of legs of the
trip which have been reserved for alumni of the School, the
intention is for other schools to help sail the boat around
Whilst on the boat, sailors have the option to stretch
themselves and develop team-working skills as they learn all about
sailing - hands-on-deck work, trimming the sails, navigating
the boat, handling the mooring wraps, keeping things shipshape
below, operating a dinghy and on-board catering.
Alternatively, groups can just kick back and let the crew, which
comes with the boat, do the work - as a recent hen party did!
The boat can also be hired out from Glasson Dock in the summer and
groups can set their own destination - be it Anglesey, Scotland,
Dublin or the Isle of Man. Tenacity can accommodate nine
adults plus the two or three sailing crew and with prices at £70
per day per person this is an affordable adventure!
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