Post Exercise Report by OCdt Edgar
On Friday the 21st of March 2015, 11 Bursars from Typhoon Squadron departed Loughborough University for the Joint Services Adventurous Sail Training Centre down in Gosport. We arrived to be greeted by two Day Skippers from Trojan Squadron, Mid Pietersz and Mid Taylor, and WO2 Young & OCdt Heyes (the OIC of the Exercise) both from Typhoon Squadron. Once the group was divided into the two equal parties, we congregated in the training centre for a safety brief delivered by Mid Taylor covering the general procedures and actions on any problems on the vessels. We then returned to the comfort and luxury of our Victoria 34 Yachts.
As sun rise came about both crews rose and were given a tour of their yachts and equipment for the weekend by the two Day Skippers. This was very beneficial to all crew members as we had varying levels of sailing experience on board and it acted as a much needed refresher course for many of us. The two yachts and their crews then departed their separate ways; as Mid Pietersz yacht looked on to attempt to sail to 60 nautical miles around the Isle of Wight, while the second crew skippered by Mid Taylor took on a slightly less daunting route from Southampton to Lymington performing man overboard drills on their way. Using a fender as a casualty we were able to practice tacking the boat and handling the sail appropriately in order to rescue the ‘casualty’.
While Mid Taylors yacht and crew were comfortably in for 1700 on the Saturday, Mid Pietersz crew were having an entirely different experience where the boat appeared to be almost entirely stationary as the tackled tides and headwinds around ‘The Needles’ on the southern side of the Isle of Wight. Again this meant both crews got to experience both eating and cooking their evening meals in entirely different conditions, leaving much of Mid Pietersz crew speechless at WO2 Young’s cooking abilities. This allowed morale to remain high while his fellow crew members battled on against nature until finally arriving close to twilight at Langstone Harbour to moor up for what was left of the night.
On Sunday Mid Taylor’s crew were up at crack of dawn in order to safely travel back to Gosport before the tides changed, while Mid Pietersz crew were allowed a little lie in before they would depart Langstone, in an easier manner than the previous evenings challenge due to difficult light conditions. The conditions were slightly rougher for the crew aboard Mid Taylor’s yacht, with a couple of members starting to go a ‘little’ green. However the crew battled it out and were able to return safely to Gosport ahead of schedule due to the stronger winds and tides, allowing them to clean the boats and get showers before the second crew returned and carried out the same handover procedures.
It was a brilliant weekend sailing had by all, with some fantastic log book and personal experiences had. Many thanks to OCdt Heyes for organising the weekend and to both Mid Pietersz and Taylor for skippering the yachts.