20th - 26th July 2018
Writing: William Howells (Year 9)
The end of term saw the annual summer visit to the UK Sailing Academy (UKSA) on the Isle of wight, with students from Years 7 to 11 on board. After weeks of sunshine at home, it was not surprising to find exactly the same in Cowes - a useful thing, as bad weather means no sailing. All of us had been to UKSA before, but some only once, so we were divided into three groups depending on our level of sailing, with powerboating and the use of the academy's catamarans for the more experienced sailors. The weather held and we had five days of excellent sailing.
The evenings were just as busy as during the day, with varying activities including pool games and a visit to the local RNLI station, and an hour or two on the beach on the last day. The visit concluded with a trip into Cowes on the last morning, and then a long journey back to Challoner's, returning to school exhausted, and a trifle sunburnt!
Thanks to Mr Slingsby, Mr Stephenson and Mr Davies for a very enjoyable trip.