Year 10 STEPS Sailing Residential

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The Year 10 STEPS students recently were able to sail with The Pioneer Trust on a three day residential during which they all passed their RYA Start Yachting qualification.

The Pioneer is a very special boat having been fully restored 15 years ago from a wreck sitting on the mud flats in West Mersea, she is the only skillinger sailing smack now in existence and is used as a sail training vessel. The students have to rig, sail and navigate the Pioneer under the guidance of the three professional crew members. Students learn not only to sail but to cook, clean and sleep on-board, during the three days the students had to overcome some challenging weather and conditions that gave them life experiences and fond memories. Closing words from the Pioneers Skipper was that the students were a credit to the school and the best group that he has had and he thoroughly enjoyed his time with them.