To the members of BMBH,
Im writing to express my sincere gratitude for your wonderful generosity in contributing towards the cost of my recent voyage from Southampton Harlingen on the tall ship Tenacious. I was overwhelmed by your kindness and both myself and my mother had an absolutely fantastic trip!
Once on board we were assigned to our watches- for us we would be part of the Aft Port watch, we met our fellow watch members and got to know our watch leader, all were lovely and we quickly grew more excited for the upcoming voyage. During those first few hours the basic tasks of sweating/hauling and tailing the ropes in order to either brace, set or bring in the sails were explained to us. The voyage crew
were of mixed ability and experience and it was great fun learning these skills together. Following this we were served a well needed smoko (tea/ coffee and cake break) before some of the crew were given the opportunity to go aloft. My mother was one of those and it was hilariously funny listening to her squeals and grunts as she climbed the mast, whilst I comfortably sat on deck with a nice cup of coffee! Me and mum had a 10 till 12 anchor watch that night, as the ship had motored just outside of Southampton port. Anchor watch is pretty uneventful and me and my mum spent the time having a nice chat on the bridge. When the time came and we were relieved of our duties by the oncoming watch, we quickly went to bed- we were exhausted! Over the week we continued to develop on our skills, and I became reacustomed
with the audio compass on the helm, as well as enjoying the fun that is climbing aloft, it was great!
Harlingen (Holland) was absolutely amazing, especially being surrounded by 100s of other tall ships, it was spectacular! We also participated in the tall ship parade representing Tenacious, we got a lot of cheers, especially when the wheel chairs went past! Over the course of the week we met some fantastic inspiring people, and me and my mum had experiences we will never forget!
Since the trip my mum has been offered the position as watch leader for future voyages, hopefully facilitating more life changing experiences for people both able bodied and disabled.
Without your kindness and support this trip would not have been possible, I will never be able to thank you enough.