Experience of a lifetime

A GROUP of Bridgewater High grade 9 and 10 students recently spent three days being trained to operate the sail training vessel Windeward Bound.

Teacher Philip Oddie said the students had to learn a lot of new terminology very quickly and to be able to understand the instructions shouted by the first mate.

Amber Mathews climbs the rigging on the sail training vessel Windeward Bound.
Amber Mathews climbs the rigging on the sail training vessel Windeward Bound.

“They were exemplary in paying attention and cooperating,” he said.

“On the first day they were trained in how to handle the square sails and yard arms to which they were attached.

“Students formed one crew on the starboard side and one on the port side.
“By the second day they were not only operating correctly but the two sides were working successfully in unison in the way they manoeuvred the yards.”

Overnight, the students kept watch, with four hours on and four hours for sleep.
“They didn’t get much sleep due to the frequency of the watch changes but they continued to cooperate and pitch in,” Mr Oddie said.

School chaplain Naomi Wright who organised the trip said: “It’s an experience that encompasses so very many opportunities for learning, growing, strengthening, building relationships, recognising strengths and abilities in self that rarely have the opportunity to be discovered in daily routine.”

Grade 10 student Kayden Clark said: “It really was the experience of a lifetime.”

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