Gold DofE Girls Go Sailing
Monday, 04 July 2016
Eight Sixth Form Girls at Bolton School – Hannah Shaw, Ruch Sharma, Beth Holbrook, Charlotte Johnson, Lauren Hurst, Eleanor Winter, Kirsty Fielding and Cerys Baines – have completed their Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition sailing around the coast of Scotland on the ketch, Tenacity of Bolton.
Reflecting on their trip, Hannah Shaw said: "It was a fantastic and unforgettable experience which we all gained a lot from individually and as a group. We had to work well as a team in a challenging environment in order to complete all the tasks necessary to sail the boat and safely complete the expedition. The most fun parts were on the days when we had the most wind and were able to put all the sails up, this made it more fun to sail the boat but also made it more challenging, we also saw dolphins on numerous occasions which made the experience even more memorable!
A challenging aspect was the fact that we had to live together in a small space for the week, this meant sharing all the roles of cooking and washing up; at the end of an 8 hour sailing voyage the last thing we wanted was to cook for ten people! But we found ways to share the jobs and make it more enjoyable."
The students, who had already undertaken walking expeditions for their Bronze and Silver awards, approached the Tallships Youth Trust to see if they could make use of Tenacity, the boat built by Bolton School boys, as they wanted to try something new. Setting sail from Inverkip Marina on the west coast of Scotland, the girls along with two crew members sailed to Largs, Tarbert, Bannatyne and back to Largs and Inverkip.
The girls are now all in the process of completing their 12 months of volunteering and 6 months of physical activity in order to attain the Award.
Praising the DofE Award, Hannah said: "I think the Gold DofE is a great qualification as not only is it extremely rewarding but you are able to gain both skills and confidence from all the different components which will undoubtedly help in the future.
Personally, I have loved my DofE experience as it has enabled me to try new things and step out of my comfort zone, for example, I have been volunteering with my local brownie pack for almost 3 years and I am currently working towards my young leadership qualification."