Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award: Maeve’s Epic Voyage
Friday 24 February 2023
MAEVE G, YEAR 13
I was so excited to find a brilliant and unusual residential course for my Gold Duke of Edinburgh award. I took part in the Rona Sailing Project, living on a boat with other teenagers, learning how to sail large yachts as a team. The course ran for five days. We were required to take turns steering the boat and looking for any obstacles in the water which might affect our sail. Most days we sailed overnight, using just the stars to guide our way, drinking hot chocolate and singing folk songs trying our hardest to not get seasick.
It really was a great experience. I made so many new friends and have been invited back to sail on other projects with Rona and even take part in some racing. This project is fantastic for anyone, whether they have sailing experience or not. They go back to basics and by the end, everyone taking part felt confident steering the boat in strong conditions. I’d definitely recommend this course as a really good option for anyone thinking of doing a residential DofE course.