Boat Built by Boys to Circumnavigate the British Isles
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 Britain."
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!