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Wettestclassroom logo 01The Wettest Classroom on Earth - 2019

Follow the shipmates exciting journey and stay up to date with the ship's news and photos across all eight legs / 62 days at sea!

Throughout the voyage students onboard will be cooking delicious homemade meals for each other. Here is a copy of the dishes they will be preparing : View Recipe Book



Daily blog posts:

Embarkation Countdown

8th May 2019 - Countdown!

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The Queen Galadriel will set sail from Bristol harbour on the 25th May between 9:30-10:30am (tide dependant).

The ship will be docked outside the Arnolfini on Welsh back (find us at BS1 4QA).

Come wave off the ship and wish the students 'Bon voyage!'


Pre-departure - Ship tour

24th May 2019 - Pre-departure meet up

Students from across the trust joined together aboard the Queen Galadriel for a tour of the vessel and to get to know their fellow shipmates.

Students from Merchants' Academy, The Dolphin School and Venturers' Academy met with Tony Kenny, Master of the Society of Merchant Venturers and other key sponsors of the project who each wished all the shipmates a wonderful voyage. 

Shipmates on board the Queen Galadriel

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Pictured: Tony Kenny, Master of the Society of Merchant Venturers along with key sponsors of the Wettest Classroom on Earth Project and the Executive Lead of Venturers Trust, Trystan Williams. Along side students from Merchants' Academy, The Dolphin School and Venturers' Academy.


Pictured: The Dolphin School shipmates with their academy Principal Shelley Flanagan.

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Pictured: Students practice climbing the bow sprit with their Skipper, Louis Abbott.

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Pictured: Venturers' Academy shipmates with their academy Principal Trystan Williams.

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Pictured: Merchants' Academy shipmates with their academy Assistant Vice Principal Bianca Ramsden.

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Pictured: Executive Lead of Venturers Trust, Trystan Williams (centre), with CEO of Cirdan Trust, Leonie Back (left) and Consultant Principal of Kunskapsskolan, Andrea Atkinson (right).

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Pictured: Governor of Venturers' Academy, Simon Cooper (left) with the academy's Principal / Executive Lead of Venturers Trust, Trystan Williams (right).

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Media interviews - Pre-departure

25th May 2019 - BBC Radio Interview

The Queen Galadriel departs today on the first of eight legs that will take a total of 96 shipmates, made up of school children and teaching staff, around the UK coast over a two-month voyage of adventure, returning back in to Bristol Harbour on 26thJuly.

Two Venturers' Academy students, who will be joining the vessel on later legs, along with Trystan Williams and Alan Chambers attended the BBC Radio studios at 7:30am for a live radio interview discussing the imminent voyage and outlining how the exciting Wettest Classroom on Earth project had began.


Re-listen to their interview on BBC Radio Bristol, play the Breakfast show with Ali Vowles and listen from 7:42am! Click here to visit website


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24th May 2019 - Bristol TV filming

Bristol TV joined us dockside for some interviews with students, family members, teaching staff and Cirdan Trust crew.

View footage on their facebook page or click this link.

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Leg 1 - Day 1 - Departing Bristol & along the River Avon

25th May 2019 - Bon Voyage!

All hands on deck for Venturers Trust students as they live and learn aboard the ‘Wettest Classroom on Earth’.

At 10am on Saturday, eight adventurous Venturers Trust students (3 from Venturers' Academy and 5 from The Dolphin School along with teaching staff), set sail from Welsh Back harbour aboard a classroom like no other! With a host of family, friends, classmates, teachers and governors waving them off on their voyage and with the sound of The Dolphin School choir singing from the dockside.

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Pictured: Shipmates were joined onboard with the Master of the Society of Merchant Venturers for one final wave to the crowds.

The Dolphin School choir

The Dolphin Choir showed great community spirit attending 'The Wettest Classroom on Earth' departure, waving off their classmates on the voyage of a lifetime. The students can't wait to hear all about the ships adventures once their friends return next week.


The Wettest Classroom on Earth departs Bristol:


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Then under the iconic Clifton Suspension bridge and continuing along the river Avon, until finally passing under the Avonmouth bridge and entering open sea.

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25th May 2019 - TV Appearances

The Wettest Classroom on Earth appears on BBC Points West, with fantastic footage of the ship sailing under the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

To link to the segment on Points West, it can be accessed via BBC iplayer here (at 03.50) - (Available online for a limited time only).

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Leg 1 - Day 1 cont. - Sailing down the Bristol Channel to Oxwich Bay

Day One at sea - 25th May

(Bristol to Minehead to Oxwich Bay)

News from the ship: "It has been a long first day, with everyone finding their sea legs.

The shipmates have been tackling new challenges head on - including learning how to hoist the sails!

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Day 1 smiles"The ship had quite a rough nine hours of sailing in the open sea, with multiple shipmates experiencing some form of sea sickness.

The students were happy to be wrapped up warm in their waterproofs!"

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Pictured: Banana and custard to settle the shipmates belly's before the first night in their bunks.

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Pictured: The tracked route of the ship, with a late afternoon anchor just outside Minehead. The ship then sailed through the night to Oxwich Bay near Swansea to find a sheltered spot.

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Leg 1 - Day 2 - Oxwich Bay to Newlyn Bay

Day Two - 26th May

(Oxwich Bay to Newlyn Bay - 30 hrs continuous sailing)!

News from the ship: "The Blue Team have been busy in the galley preparing lunch for the others - homemade sausage rolls!"

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Day 2 ropes1"Up on deck it has been very wet today, but then again it is 'the wettest classroom on earth'!!

The shipmates have been learning how to throw ropes today. Everyone has to work hard on the ship and takes it it turns to do all the jobs."

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Pictured: On the Green Team's 3-hour night watch session they were lucky to have a beautiful sunset. Teams took it in turn to sit through a night watch, as the ship sailed through the night continuously.

"It’s been a tough day but we’re in good hands with Ciara at the helm and the amazing Cirdan Trust crew."

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Hot chocolate for all, to wam themselves before night watch duties throughout the night. 

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Leg 1 - Day 3 - Sailing around Lands End to Newlyn Bay

Day Three - 27th May

(Around Lands End to a sheltered Newlyn Bay)

News from the ship: The shipmates have had their first dolphin encounter as the ship made its way south towards Lands End.

"The early watch team this morning were treated to a pod of around 10 dolphins including a couple of babies."

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"The students have been busy hands on learning about gibing today. Some shipmates were very lucky as they witnessed a humpback whale breach right out of the water by the ship! Amazing!

Well done to shipmate Luke who has been a super star - cooking meals down below when many shipmates couldn't cope due to their sea sickness!"

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"It’s been a tough couple of days, with 30 hours of continuous sailing, rough seas, night watches and sea sickness, but the students and staff are still in good spirits singing loudly as they sail into a sheltered port for the night."

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Pictured: Great sunset during the night watch this evening, as shipmates saw day 3 come to an end.

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Day 3, Leg 1 is done. Incredibly hard days work, with high swell and increasing winds and seeing dolphins.

The adults and students from Venturers Trust are totally inspirational 

#TogetherStronger #whereeverythingspossible

Cirdan Trust Crew

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Photo: Spotted (and photographed) by a passing fisherman as they sail into port at Newlyn Bay.

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Leg 1 - Day 4 - Newlyn Bay

Day Four - 28th May

(Newlyn Bay)

News from the ship: "Shipmates enjoy a more relaxed 'rest & activity' day in Newlyn Bay, after a tiring day sailing around Lands End yesterday."

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Day 4 playing battleships"Students enjoy playing battleships (ironary aside) whilst they wait for their fellow shipmates to make homemade lunch of Mediterranean Vegetable Pastries."





All the students are so brilliant and brave.

well done to The Dolphin School students for being so supportive and kind, so everyone can all achieve, overcome barriers and succeed together

#TogetherStronger #KindnessMatters

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Pictured: Students analyse tide times and plan tomorrow’s sail to Falmouth.

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Day 4 Newlyn(7)"After cleaning duties the shipmates head ashore to regain some balance (and maybe a shower), after three days at sea.


The students are put to work by the crew - scrubbing the deck and the bathrooms!


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Leg 1 - Day 5 - Newlyn Bay to Falmouth

Day Five - 29th May

(Newlyn Bay to Falmouth)

Day4 safetyplanning(1)"Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think"

News from the ship: "Shipmates have been learning about how to keep safe in a life raft with a ‘Grab ‘n’ Go Bag’." 


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7pm: Anchored off Falmouth - End of Day 5.

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Day 4 mealThe evening was spent studying the charts with their Skipper Louis, planning their route and being prepared for the morning sail around Lizard point.


Everyone enjoyed the Dolphin student's homemade curry and brownies for dinner. Full bellies all round!"

View the Recipe Book here).


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Leg 1 - Day 6 - Falmouth to Fowey

Day Six - 30th May

(Falmouth to Fowey)

News from the ship: "Shipmates had a misty sail around Lizard point as they sail towards Helford Estuary.

Shipmates enjoy the calmer seas and sitting up on deck hunting for the Cornish coast through the mist."

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Students have experienced mixed emotions the last few days on the ship, from extreme seas and sea sickness around Lands End point to a quote from one shipmate saying;

I am happy onboard for a week. I wish it could be longer!

Leon, age 14

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Day 5   sailing in the mist Day 5   plastic collect(1)To research surface level plastic in the seas, the ship has been dragging a home-made filter that will collect rubbish and micro-plastics on the surface of the water. Students will keep a chart of their findings.

The collection sparked conversation onboard the ship, giving students the opportunity to discuss the problems of water pollution, single-use plastic issues and micro-plastic in the sea.


Students have also been making the most of the calmer seas, sitting up on deck and learning how to tie knots.

Others have been on look out and taking a climb up the rigging! 

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Land ahoy! - The shipmates spot Fowey!

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Leg 1 - Day 7 - Fowey

Day Seven - 31th May


News from the ship: Shipmates have been looking back on their last six days at sea, the challenges they have faced and the personal experiences that they feel have helped them learn more about themselves.

I have Learnt how to believe in myself and that has boosted my self-esteem.

and now I can build resilience towards my peers.

now I can enhance my social skills even further, increase my confidence and be more braver than i ever was before.

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On the last morning on the ship, the shipmates pack their bags ready for departure. There are just a few hours left aboard the Queen Galadriel to complete some final fun activities with the crew from Cirdan Trust - crabbing, rib driving, climbing the rigging and updating the charts to name a few.

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The shipmates thank the crew and wave goodbye to the ship, as they set foot back on dry land for the final time.

A massive well done to the young shipmates on their achievements this last week. Congratulations to Jamie, Luke, Leon, Jack, Tacari, Tallulah, Fern, Esme and Ciara.

Leg 1 - Bristol to Fowey = DONE!

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Leg 2 - Day 1 - Fowey

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Lakhile gets creative on the mini bus journey down to the ship!


Day One - 31st June


News from the ship: New shipmates have joined the Queen Galadriel! The change over happened in Fowey harbour, where four new students from Venturers' Academy joined the ship along with some shipmates from a school in the The Cambian Group.

Students were set to work straight away, learning to scrub the deck and tidy away ropes.

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The shipmates planned their journey with their Skipper Louis, learning how to read charts and look at the predicted weather forecast.

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Throughout the voyage, shipmates will work in different teams, encouraging team work and enabling each team to learn different roles each day. 

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Leg 2 - Day 3 - Plymouth to Start Point

Day Three - 3rd June

(Plymouth to Start Point)

News from the ship: "Shipmates are very proud of their home from home, keeping it clean from all the salt spray."

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The route is decided, another day of sailing lies ahead.

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Goodbye Plymouth

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The shipmates enjoy a glorious afternoon sailing (snoozing) in the sunshine. Winds have changed slightly resulting in the motion of the ocean beginning to pick up again. well done to Lakhile who is keeping everyone's spirits up with a sing-a-long.

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The shipmates sleep the night at Start Point, near Kingsbridge.

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Leg 2 - Day 2 - Fowey to Plymouth

Day Two - 2nd June

(Fowey to Plymouth)

News from the ship: "Shipmates enjoyed their first sail, some more than others (sea sickness strikes again)!

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My favourite part of the day was hoisting the sails.

Jacob, age 12

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My best part of the day was working as a team with my friends.

Ainsley, age 10.

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I love just watching the water!

Raf, age 12

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The ship sailed into Plymouth with a beautiful backdrop - a lovely end to day 2 onboard the Queen Galadriel."

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Leg 2 - Day 4 - Start Point to Isle of Portland

Day Four - 4th June

(Start Point to Portland Harbour)

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Shipmates are excited by the arrival of a pod of dolphins, that dance around the hull of the ship and jump out of the water by the bowsprit (check out the videos on @VenturersAc Twitter page).

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Current location of the ship at 3:30pm today!
Pictured: The ship is sailing towards Portland harbour, Isle of Portland. 









The ship arrived into Portland, steered into port by Miss!

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Ainsley spotted a jellyfish floating at the surface as the ship dropped anchor in Portland harbour.

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Leg 2 - Day 5 - Isle of Portland

 Day Five - 5th June

(Isle of Portland)

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Everyone showed bravery, climbing right to the top of the ship's riggings - 20m up!

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Everyone was ready for lunch - alfresco on the deck. Sweet potato and Spanish sausage soup, delicious. Jacob and Ainsley were adamant they would not like the soup, and both found it very tasty!"

View the Recipe Book here).

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"A visit to Chesil beach was in order after lunch! Here Ainsley took it upon himself to do a beach clean up - searching for plastic pollution."

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Leg 2 - Day 6 - Portland to Poole

Day Six - 6th June

(Portland to Poole)

News from the ship: “Leg 2 of the Wettest Classroom on Earth is nearly complete with the shipmates sailing from Fowey to Poole in time to exhibit the boat at the annual Poole Boat Show at the weekend.

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Everyone enjoyed a full sail all the way from Portland to Poole. With the ship not taking down the sails until they sailed past Old Harry’s Rocks and into the entrance to Poole harbour.

- 3 sails at the front of the ship, 3 sails in the middle and 1 sail at the back.

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During the sail the students also placed the homemade trawl into the sea to see what surface debris was in the water. They analysed their findings and discovered that during the 2 hour surface water trawl they had collected numerous baby fish, 3 different coloured invertebrates, a tiny jellyfish and only a few pieces of plastic pollution.

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During the sail shipmates also learnt about safety at sea, how to attract attention if they are in danger and different pieces of apparatus available to them on the ship in an emergency - First Mate Sam’s yellow bag of fun!

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The healthy eating meal plans continue to be well received by all the shipmates and many have been taking photos of the recipes and are looking forward to showing off their culinary skills once back on dry land.

(View the Recipe Book here).

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On entering the bay the students spotted enormous barrel jelly fish and a fascinating parachute display from the Special Boat Service out in the bay on a training exercise. 

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Once docked in Poole the students brainstormed all their highlights together and each drew a picture of their favourite activities and sightings from the voyage.

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The shipmates finished all deck cleaning and tidying away duties before dinner. After dinner they were able to visit the shower block for a well deserved shower in time for going home tomorrow.”

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Leg 2 - Day 7 - Poole

Day Seven - 7th June

(Poole Harbour Festival Day 1)

News from the ship: "Shipmates spent the night docked at Poole, which was a wise choice as during the night the heavens opened and storm Miguel made an appearance with strong wind gusts and plenty of rain to add to the Wettest Classroom!

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We’ve had some laughs, we’ve done some hard work, we’ve had some fun.

I really liked cooking lunch, we had blueberries inside pancakes one day, which was delicious.

..I haven’t been away from my mum for that long, so I was a little homesick, but more I was excited.

Ainsley, Age 10


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Shipmates completed final clean up duties to prepare the ship for Leg 3. Then the Skipper debriefed the shipmates on the voyage and handed out certificates to the students congratulating them on their achievements, including awarding their internationally recognised RYA yachting certificates. Well done to them all!”

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The shipmates thank the crew and wave goodbye to the ship, as they set foot back on dry land for the final time.

A massive well done to the young shipmates on their achievements this last week. Congratulations to Jacob, Ainsley, Lakhile, Raf and Freddie.

Leg 2 - Fowey to Poole = DONE!

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Leg 3 - Day 1 - Poole

Day One - 8th June

(Poole Boat Show Day 2)

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News from the ship: "Shipmates from the Cambian Group (UK group of schools), Passmores Academy (based in Harlow, Essex) and Knowle DGE (part of Learn@ MAT and based in Bristol) have come together in Poole and have joined the ship in the middle of Poole Boat Show.

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Highlights from day one include eating fish and chips, ice cream and some team building football skills on dry land.

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Night one - Team Knowle DGE shipmates are on dinner duty and have made a three course dinner for 17. Everyone has enjoyed getting to know all the crew and are lucky to be in town the evening of the huge fireworks display to celebrate the Poole Boat Show.

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Everyone is looking forward to their first day of sailing tomorrow!"

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Leg 3 - Day 2 - Poole to Cowes

Day Two - 9th June

(Poole to Cowes, Isle of Wight)

News from the ship: "Shipmates rise early to prepare the boat for their first sail, learning how to scrub the deck. They learn about how this is a daily requirement - scrubbing salt water over the wooden timber, to keep the wooden deck from shrinking, which would increase the risk of leaks occurring below deck.

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Now it's time to leave the crowds behind as the Wettest Classroom on Earth departs for Cowes, on the Isle of Wight!

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Pictured: Shipmates going up on the front bowsprit to pull in a sail.
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First day of sailing to Cowes complete! The students have learnt valuable skills today!

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Lunch today was sausage rolls with beans and homemade peanut butter cookies for all. The shipmates are getting more independent at preparing meals for each other, with less help from the staff needed.

(View the Recipe Book here).

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This evening the shipmates were lucky to go on land and have a shower, potentially the last opportunity for a while!


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Leg 3 - Day 3 - Cowes to Ramsgate

Day Three - 10th June

(Sailing from Cowes overnight to Ramsgate)

News from the ship: "Shipmates have left the Isle of Wight and continue their journey through the Solent and towards Ipswich.


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The shipmates learn about navigation onboard the ship, setting the ship's course to sail to Ramsgate!

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Everyone is excited about a sail through the night, which will involve people taking it in turns to be on lookout on top deck, looking out for other vessels, bouys, etc."

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Pictured: Shipmates filling in the log book, ensuring they stay on course.

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Leg 3 - Day 4 - Ramsgate

Day Four - 11th June


News from the ship: "Shipmates talk of their "epic sail" through the night as they wake up in Ramsgate.

During the night watch each team took it in turns to complete a three hour watch. This involved steering the ship, ensuring they avoided large ferries and container ships and taking a regular log to include the ship's position and checking they remain on course to their destination."

Leg3 Day4(2)We made it to Ramsgate after 135 nautical miles and are now busy cooking bacon for all the crew.

We hope to go swimming today and recovery from the long night!

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Pictured: Shipmates are set to work after breakfast - scrubbing the sides of the ship while it's docked in the marina at Ramsgate.


After the cleaning chores, shipmates relax and visit the beach for a swim.


We have had a lovely day at Ramsgate playing beach games, paddling in the sea and having more fish and chips!

It has been nice to recover after sailing for 24 hours!

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Leg 3 - Day 5 - Sailing north from Ramsgate

Day 5 - 12th June

(Sailing from Ramsgate towards Ipswich)

News from the ship: "After breakfast the ship sets sail - with another full day of sailing lying ahead for the shipmates!"


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Pictured: Today really has been the Wettest Classroom on Earth! As the ship completes the final main sail up towards Ipswich, in the pouring rain. It was great to see today's spirits managing to stay so high!

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Sailing into the mouth of the river Orwell.

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Leg 3 - Day 6 - Activity day near Ipswich

Day 6 - 13th June

(Activity Day at Shotley Gate)

pancakes are being cooked this morning for breakfast in preparation for our last full day on board the Queen Galadriel.

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News from the ship: "Today the shipmates have been learning how to drive the tender, row the tender and climb the rigging!"

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On the final sail the shipmates placed the homemade trawl in the sea and dragged it behind the ship to see how much surface plastic was in the sea near Ipswich.

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Day5or6 leg3(2)An eventful evening yesterday. After a slip on board for one shipmate. They went ashore to be checked over medically and Thankfully are all ok & have rejoined the ship.


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Leg 3 - Day 7 - Ipswich

Day 7 - 14th June


News from the ship: "Shipmates wake up early to do a final 'happy hour cleaning session' of the ship ready for the next group of shipmates to join in the morning and begin Leg 4."

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The shipmates thank the crew and wave goodbye to the ship, as they set foot back on dry land for the final time.

A massive well done to the young shipmates on their achievements this last week. Congratulations to Oliver, Riva, Cora, Ruby, Billy, Reece and Oliver.

Leg 3 - Poole to Ipswich = DONE!

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Leg 4 - Day 1 - Ipswich to Shotley Gate

Shipmates from Venturers' Academy travelled over from Bristol on Friday 14th June and spent their first night away from home camping at Tomcat Farm. It was a great way to start the student's adventure, with a group meal out in the evening and excellent team work to get everyone's tents up ready for their first night away from home.

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Day 1 - 15th June

(Ipswich to Shotley Gate)

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"Everyone found their bunk beds and learnt which team they would be in for the voyage, with the initial lunch crew setting straight on to lunch prep after their welcome briefing.


To ease the shipmates into sailing and living onboard the Queen Galadriel, Day 1 was a short journey down the river Orwell from Ipswich marina and into a mooring location on the mouth of the river Stour.

Shipmates were all hands on deck helping take off the docking lines, untie the fenders and then recoil all the lines to ensure the deck was kept safe and tidy.

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An excellent start to Leg 4 of the #wettestClassroomonEarth as the sun in shining, which can make all the difference to the student's apprehension about the exciting adventure ahead.

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Smiles all round - All the students are enjoying life on the water!

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No fear from Poppy on Day 1 - as she ventures out on to the bowsprit netting to untie a sail ready.

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Everyone's spirits were high, as the ship sailed down the river - with the shipmates singing 'We are sailing'.

The ship spent the first night at Shotley Gate just at the mouth of the river Stour, just before open sea, which they will venture out into tomorrow morning.











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Leg 4 - Day 2 - Shotley Gate to Lowestoft

Day 2 - 16th June

(Shotley Point to Lowestoft)

News from the ship: "Most people have slept ok onboard the ship for their first night. Shipmates have planned a 9 hour sail up to Lowestoft for today. The day has started calm, with the sun out and the wind and waves behind the ship.

Plenty of new deck skills are being learnt - rope coiling, teamwork to pull up different sails throughout the boat and finding their sea legs as they move around the ship.

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Pictured: The route of the ship on Day 2.

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Land ahoy!

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Pictured: Lowestoft by night.

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Leg 4 - Day 3 - Sailing from Lowestoft

Day 3 - 17th June

(Departing Lowestoft )

News from the ship: "Shipmates have been taking advantage of the fresh water in Lowestoft marina and spraying down the ropes.

They also fuelled the ship up to it's capacity which is 2420 litres!

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The shipmates plan their sail north, with Scarborough as the next expected point of call.

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Pictured: Lunch team prepare lunch for the shipmates.

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Cheese and tomato pasta with vegetables and the infamous chocolate brownies are being prepared by the lunch team.

(View the Recipe Book here)

..and the're off! Sailing north!

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Leg 4 - Day 4 - Overnight sailing towards Scarborough

Day 4 - 18th June

(Overnight sailing to Scarborough)

News from the ship: "Shipmates have been planning their team roles for their 3-hour shifts that will run throughout the night.

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Pictured: Students enjoy taking it in turns to Skipper the ship, under the watchful eye of the excellent crew from The Cirdan Sailing Trust.

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Pictured: Students rest up before the overnight shifts begin!

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Hoist those sails - and we're off, rest is over!

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Shipmates need feeding throughout the sail. All hands in the galley!

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Beautiful sunset as the ship sails north along the coast.

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Leg 4 - Day 5 - Scarborough

Day 5 - 19th June


News from the ship: "The Queen Galadriel successfully sailed into Scarborough this morning after her long overnight voyage taking 30 hours.

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Pictured: Skipper Jamie steers the ship, with first mate Ainsley on look out for ships, buoys, etc.

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Too early for some.

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Tired faces all around..

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Pictured: A spot of crabbing off the ship's deck.

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Shipmates arrived in Scarborough early and this afternoon are heading to land to have an explore and a break from the ship - and to get some fish & chips!


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Pictured: Poppy enjoyed the sea!

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Pictured: Shipmates take a stroll to a good vantage point

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The shipmates enjoyed a visit to RNLI Scarborough.

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Pictured: Learning about water safety with John at the RNLI centre.

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Leg 4 - Day 6 - Scarborough to Hartlepool

Day 6 - 20th June

(Scarborough to Hartlepool)

News from the ship: "Shipmate Jamie is working towards his RYA Competent Crew Certificate this trip. He has been studying sailing theory in the evenings...fingers crossed he'll qualify.

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Today after a delicious breakfast of blueberry pancakes they ship sets sail from Scarborough.

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Pictured: Final destination Hartlepool, is in sight.
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Pictured: Hard life onboard the Queen Galadriel!

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Leg 4 - Day 7 - Hartlepool

Day 7 - 21st June


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News from the ship: "The shipmates have been looking back over their fantastic voyage and discussing their favourite experiences and sightings from onboard the ship.

Each student has drawn their memory from the week below."

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After a final 'all hands on deck' deep clean of the ship (ready for Leg 5) the shipmates thank the crew and wave goodbye to the Queen Galadriel, as they set foot back on dry land for the final time.

A massive well done to the young shipmates on their achievements this last week. Congratulations to Luke, Jamie, Ainsley, Munira, Jessica, Poppy, Junior and Jacob.

Leg 4 - Ipswich to Hartlepool = DONE!

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Leg 5 - Day 1 - Hartlepool

Day 1 - 29th June


News from the ship: "After a well deserved week off from sailing for the Cirdan Trust crew the ship is now ready to depart Hartlepool with a new group of shipmates!

A warm welcome to the new shipmates from North Birmingham Academy who have arrived and are ready to set sail, ....let's go!"


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Leg 5 - Day 2 - Sailing north

Day 2 - 30th June

(Sailing north from Hartlepool)

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News from the ship: "Shipmates have been planning their route north, outlining potential stopover locations and when they will be travelling through the night and doing an overnight watch."


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Pictured: Planning the route north, the shipmates complete some chart work with their Skipper.

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Leg 5 - Day 3 - Sailing north into St Andrews

Day 3 - 1st July

(Sailing into St Andrews)

News from the ship: "Shipmates take it in turns to be on watch - tasked with keeping an eye out for any potential hazards to the ship, like lobster pots and buoys.

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While waiting for breakfast to cook and tea's to be made, the musical instruments came out keeping the team not on watch entertained.






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The final stop for the ship today was St Andrews harbour."  








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Leg 5 - Day 4 - St Andrews

Day 4 - 2nd July

(St Andrews )

News from the ship: "Shipmates enjoyed a day in harbour in St Andrews learning how to tie knots, throw ropes, as well learning parts of the ship and points of sail terminology.

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They also had the opportunity to climb up the mighty rigging and ensure all areas of the ship were clean and maintained - (just a spot of cleaning that included the ship's heads, saloon, galley and spraying down the deck with salt water).


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A spot of R&R for the shipmates as they step back on dry land and regain their balance with some yoga and karate sessions.

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The Wettest Classroom on Earth teaches the shipmates essential life skills that involve daily tasks like cooking healthy meals, cleaning after themselves and others, effective team work and leadership and without realising teaching everyone the key values of responsibility, respect and resilience."


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Leg 5 - Day 5 - St Andrews to Stone Haven

Day 5 - 3rd July

(Departing St Andrews and sailing north)

News from the ship: "Shipmates were up very early to prepare breakfast for everyone, ensuring they were all ready for their morning departure time of 6am - sailing north from St Andrews towards Peterhead."

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It has so far been a fantastic day, with some nice wind, which has enabled the shipmates to sail with all the ship's sails hoisted - the first time on Leg 5 they have been with full sail!

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Leg 5 - Day 6 - Departing Stone Haven

Day 6 - 4th June

(Stone Haven to Peterhead )

News from the ship: "Another great day for the shipmates at sea!

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The shipmates found time in the day to complete a surface water collection to look for plastic deposits, using the homemade trawl and dragging it behind the ship.

The rain didn't keep them inside, as they searched through their findings after the trawl."

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Leg 5 - Day 7 - Peterhead

Day 7 - 5th June


News from the ship: "The shipmates have been looking back over their fantastic voyage between Hartlepool and Peterhead and discussing their favourite experiences and sightings from on board the ship.

Shipmates have also updated the Wettest classroom on Earth chart - leaving their advice to the next group of shipmates on board.

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A massive well done to the shipmates on their achievements this last week. Congratulations to Ahmed, Lukasz, Eunice, Hannah, Jamie-Lee, Tiryme, Joshua, Sam and Lance

Leg 5 - Hartlepool to Peterhead = DONE!

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Leg 6 - Day 1 - Peterhead

Day 1 - 6th July


Leg6 day1()Shipmates from Merchants' Academy travelled north from Bristol and up into Scotland to join the Queen Galadriel in Peterhead.








Pictured: The students re-stock on route to the ship, enjoying their final meal on dry land before setting sail.

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News from the ship: "Shipmates arrived in Peterhead and were welcomed on board by the crew. Firstly, deciding on their bunk beds and finding out their allocated teams for the upcoming duties on board.

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Pictured: MA Shipmates set foot on board the Queen Galadriel.

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The Sixth Form students from MA have joined together with students from The Mendip School to sail the ship from Peterhead to Oban together, an exciting and unique route though the Caledonian canals, Loch Ness and mastering the lock system!

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Leg 6 - Day 2 - Overnight sail to Inverness

Day 2 - 7th July

(Sailing the North Sea)

News from the ship: "Shipmates had a very rough night in the North Sea last night.

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Today, everyone was feeling a lot better, with the lunch team making some homemade sausage rolls and peanut butter cookies for everyone.


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Pictured: Students begin to feel better after a rough night at sea!

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Dolphins spotted! Excitement all round as the ship steers into Inverness for the night.


Shipmates look forward to a quite, calm night away from the open waters of the North Sea!"













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Leg 6 - Day 3 - Entering the Caledonian canals

Day 3 - 8th July

(Sailing into the Canal system)

News from the ship: "Shipmates have left open water and began their voyage through  the Caledonian canal."

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The end of day 3, we are now off the sea and into the Caledonian canal and students have absolutely loved every minute of today.

The day was also rounded off nicely with a shower!!

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Leg 6 - Day 4 - One lock at a time!

Day 4 - 9th July

(Heading towards Loch Ness)

News from the ship: "Shipmates are mastering the locks (and sailing through the lochs!), with today's route taking them from Inverness and into Loch Ness!"

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the crew on the Queen Galadriel have been amazing moving the mast down and cranking it back up again so we could pass under some bridges.

Loch Ness was pretty awesome too!!

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Pictured: Demonstrating to Skipper Louis his new knot tying skills.


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Pictured: Lunch prep below deck, as the shipmates on deck continue to tackle all the locks.


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The shipmates completed a surface water trawl in search of plastic. Their findings showed very little plastic deposits in Loch Ness and multiple different marine animals.

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Leg 6 - Day 5 - Neptune's Staircase

Day 5 - 10th July

(Neptune's Staircase)

News from the ship: "Shipmates have no time to rest as today they will tackle the mighty Neptune's Staircase - which has 8 locks in a row!"

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What is Neptune's Staircase?

"An amazing feat of engineering that raises the canal by 19m (62ft) over a quarter of a mile, taking  around 90 minutes for a boat to travel up or down all the locks. 

It was built by Thomas Telford between 1803 and 1822 and is the longest staircase lock system in Scotland. "

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Pictured: Loch Lochy was pretty awesome today!

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Leg 6 - Day 6 - Activity Day


Day 6 - 11th July

(Activity Day)

News from the ship: "Shipmates have taken some time to regain their energy after all the locks yesterday. Today they are spending some time in a beautiful scenic loch, the perfect place to face their fear of height and master the 20m high rigging!

Each team also learnt how to throw ropes, how to drive the tender, as well as rowing the tender - just in case the engine was to fail."

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The shipmates have been treated to some delightful Scottish weather!

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Leg 6 - Day 7 - Oban

Day 7 - 12th July


News from the ship: "Shipmates have successfully mastered all the locks and arrived in Oban ahead of time!

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Pictured: Shipmates packing away their sails one last time.

After a final deep clean of the ship, the shipmates thanked the crew and waved goodbye to the Queen Galadriel, as they set foot back on dry land for the final time.

I have a great big QG hole in my heart right now. I am bursting with pride, our students were amazing and it has been an honour to work alongside the crew.

Thank you once again @CirdanTrust #WettestClassroomonEarth @MerchantsAc

Miss Ramsden, Merchant’ Academy shipmate

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A massive well done to the young shipmates on their achievements this last week. Congratulations to Chloe, Lauren, Jonathan, Chad, Connor, Ben, Ollie-May, Annabelle, Jack and Cameron.

Leg 6 - Peterhead to Oban = DONE!


It has been an unforgettable experience!


Such a great opportunity to watch the students develop and grow as they went through the week.

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Leg 7 - Day 1 - Oban

Day 1 - 13th July


News from the ship: "Shipmates from Shevington High School are next to voyage on the Wettest Classroom on Earth.

A quick introduction, then it’s time to set sail - the new shipmates waste no time and head out on to the bowsprit netting enjoying the glorious sea conditions.

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Leg 7 - Day 2 - Life on board QG

Day 2 - 14th July

(Sailing south)

News from the ship: "Shipmates have been getting used to life on board a ship, with knot tying lessons in the sunshine.

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Leg 7 - Day 3 - Northern Ireland in sight

Day 3 - 15th July

(Nortern Ireland)

News from the ship: "Shipmates have been working together to achieve their goals.”

The #wettestclassroomonearth reaches Northern Ireland on leg 7 with @shevingtonhigh and @UTCBolton.

Shipmates have been Developing their future skills! - Team work, initiative, curiosity and resilience.

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Leg 7 - Day 4 - Sailing south

Day 4 - 16th July

(Sailing south)

News from the ship: "Shipmates have been planning the route and learning charting skills, plotting their route at regular intervals.”


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Leg 7 - Day 5 - Isle of Man

Day 5 - 17th July

(Passing the Isle of Man)

News from the ship: "Shipmates are experiencing a very wet Wettest Classroom as they sail south past the Isle of Man.

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The QG has been Enjoying some stronger winds with waves over the deck as it rains on us really is the #WettestClassroomonEarth today for leg 7 as we head back down south.




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Leg 7 - Day 6 - Irish Sea

Day 6 - 18th July

(South of the Isle of Man)

News from the ship: "Shipmates admire the English scenic coastline as they sail south of the Isle of Man towards Holyhead.”

Today, the crew dropped the homemade surface plastic trawl into the Irish Sea, to assess how much surface plastic was present.

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Leg 7 - Day 7 - Holyhead

Day 7  - 19th July

(Sailing into Holyhead)

News from the ship: "Shipmates have made it to Holyhead despite the rough seas on the final stretch!

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So proud of the team on Leg 7 who have Visited 4 countries & enjoying amazing Highlands and Islands and then stormy challenging weather through to Wales.

Bravery, team work and challenge!


A massive well done to the young shipmates on their achievements this last week. Congratulations to Isabella, Lucas, Corrigan and Charlotte from Shevington High School and the shipmates from Kunskapsskolan.

Leg 7 - Oban to Holyhead = DONE!

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Leg 8 - Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 - Holyhead

Day 1 - 3

20th - 22nd July


The shipmates from Venturers' Academy have arrived at the Queen Galadriel in Holyhead and are ready to bring her back to Bristol!

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News from the ship: "Due to adverse weather conditions out of their control the crew have taken the decision to not leave port as planned. They will be monitoring the storm out at sea and we will update when the ship decides it is safe to leave Holyhead.

For now the shipmates are keeping their feet near dry land, sleeping on the ship but spending the daytime completing land based activities."

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The tide was keeping the shipmates on their toes - they had to be creative with getting on board at times! Sometimes they needed to take the tender as it was a long way down to the deck!

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The shipmates have been exploring the little Welsh island of Anglesey as they wait for the storms to pass.

They enjoyed a rib ride up the Menai Strait, a visit to the RNLI in Anglesey and a hike up to South Stack lighthouse on Holy Island.


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#WettestClassroomonEarth Leg 8 - departure from Holyhead to Bristol has been delayed due to adverse weather forecast.

The crew spent time visiting South Stack lighthouse and enjoyed admiring the beautiful landscape.

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In-between daytime exploring, boat cleaning duties and hiding from the rain the shipmates have been busy preparing meals.

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Fun Fact:

Holyhead is one of the three oldest lifeboat stations on the Welsh coast and has a remarkable history of bravery with 70 awards for gallantry. 

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Each evening the shipmates are enjoying life onboard the ship, sleeping in their bunk beds - just with less 'rocking of the ocean' as they remain docked in Holyhead.

Evening entertainment came in many forms including interactive group games, independent reading and a few intense games of chess!

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Leg 8 - Day 4 - The storm has passed!

Day 4  - 23rd July

(Departing Holyhead)

News from the ship: "The Queen Galadriel has departed Holyhead, after 3 days stuck in port due to the strong winds from the storms out in the Irish Sea.

With the help from the crew, the students have been getting to grips with chart reading and weather watching, making the collective decision that today was the day to leave port.

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Pictured: Group chart and weather work, whilst storm bound in Holyhead. The crew have been getting the trainees to decide when was the right time to leave...

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The plan is to get a large portion of nautical miles behind them and make the most of the calmer seas, with a 36 hour sail - non stop decided. This will mean night watches for the teams throught the night.

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..and they are off!

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Goodbye Holyhead!

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Pictured: A spot of helming!

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Pictured: The ship’s position update at 11:30pm - the Queen Galadriel continues through the night.

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Leg 8 - Day 5 - Overnight sail

Day 5 - 24th July

(Sailing through the night)

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News from the ship: "Shipmates have taken it in turns to be on watch and steer at the helm of the ship throughout the night, with 3 hour shifts at a time - it was a long night for all!

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Pictured: Ship’s position at 2am - The Queen Galadriel sailed continuously through the night. 

Shipmates have been punctual and hard working, preparing meals throughout the continuous sail. #Welldone

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Pictured: Shipmates enjoy a ride out on the bowsprit netting, taking the waves face on as the ship sails along the west coast of Wales.

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Pictured below: Alfresco lunch!
"Keeping soup in the bowl was a task on its own, as it was quite choppy!"

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Leg 8 - Day 6 - South Wales coastline activities

Day 6 - 25th July

(Traversing the southern coast of Wales)

News from the ship: "Shipmates have enjoyed an opportunity to climb the rigging, drive the tender and master the skill of long line throwing, as they rest in a chopping mooring field on the south coast of Wales.

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No easy task: Reaching the crows nest platform on the ship's mast is not an easy task, sitting over 15m high above the ships wooden deck. In a chopping mooring field the movement of the ship is even more exaggerated 15m up in the air!

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Leg 8 - Day 7 - A welcome return to Bristol

Day 7 - 26th July

(Arriving into Bristol)

News from the ship: "The Queen Galadriel has arrived back into the port of Bristol in convoy with her sister sailing vessel Faramir (a 22.35m long ketch ​vessel). The ship swere welcomed back into the Floating Harbour, with family members following them through the Cumberland Basin and waiting dockside were family, friends, teachers, governors and camera crew.


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Pictured: Various family members waved from the dockside as the ship entered the Cumberland Basin.

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In the morning run up to the return, the Queen Galadriel sailed into the river Avon from the Bristol Channel, passing under multiple bridges and entering the Avon Valley Gorge, to pass back under the infamous Clifton Suspension Bridge for a great photo opportunity.

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Then there was time for one final stop off in the Cumberland Basin to give the deck a final scrub and deep clean and tidy the ship after her eight week long voyage circumnavigating the British coastline.

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Pictured: Waiting patiently at the Cumberland Basin for the traffic to be stopped and the swing bridge opened to let the high masted Queen Galadriel back into the port of Bristol.

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Pictured: Faramir follows the Queen Galadriel into Bristol Harbourside.


A massive well done to the young shipmates on their achievements this last week. Congratulations to Omar, Ryan, Junior, Rufus, Harvey from Venturers' Academy and Jack from The Peak Academy.

Leg 8 - Holyhead to Bristol = DONE!

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How many nautical miles do you think the Queen Galadriel has clocked up on her Wettest Classroom voyage?

Bristol - Fowey - Poole - Ipswich - Hartlepool - Peterhead - Oban - Holyhead - Bristol


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Shipmate Testimonials

Leon, age 14 and a pupil at Venturers’ Academy said:

I have learnt how to believe in myself and I’m braver than I ever was before.

Ainsley, age 10 and a pupil at Venturers’ Academy said:

I’ve never been away from my mum for that long, so I was a little bit homesick, but mostly I was excited.

Fern, age 11 a pupil at The Dolphin School, said:

The Wettest Classroom was an amazing experience, especially seeing all the sea life. The trip has definitely made me more responsible and resilient. It also made me realise that I can explore new places and home will always be there when I get back.

I learnt that you have to keep going, even when things get tough. And that there’s a really big world out there to explore!

Ainsley, age 10 a pupil at Venturers' Academy said:

I really liked cooking the meals, we made blueberries inside pancakes for breakfast one day, which was delicious.

Chloe, age 17 and a pupil at MA.16 Sixth Form said:

I wanted to inspire my younger sisters to aim high and try new things. I knew that if they saw me take on this challenge, they’d wonder what extraordinary things they could achieve in life!

Connor, age 17 also from MA.16 Sixth Form, said:

Mentoring the younger pupils was really rewarding. Some were seasick and some were homesick. Some questioned their ability to take on challenging tasks, such as climb the rigging. Providing encouragement and support to them made me feel proud of myself. The experience has made me want to find a career that allows me to support and encourage others.

Ciara, age 10 a pupil at The Dolphin School, said:

I learnt how important it is to be able to rely on the people around you.

Tallulah, age 11 and a pupil at The Dolphin School, said:

I learnt that if I put my mind to it and try my hardest, I really can achieve anything!

Jamie, age 15 from Venturers’ Academy said: 

I loved it. Climbing to the top of the mast, learning how to cook and gaining my Young Yacht Master Award was brilliant. I feel very proud of myself.

Also from Venturers’ Academy, Ainsley, age 12 said:

I didn’t think someone like me would be chosen. It was an amazing experience, can we do it again?!”