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QKA Students board a yacht for a week long expedition.

Students from Queen Katharine Academy took to the English Channel aboard a 22m Challenger yacht for a week long expedition in September.




The initiative is sponsored by, local housing provider, Cross Keys Homes in conjunction with the Tall Ships Youth Trust.

The programme teaches students how to sail as part of a Tall Ships crew.  It’s a participative and empowering experience in a unique, physically and mentally challenging residential setting. The main aim is to let students explore their true potential.


The students, accompanied by sixth form mentors travelled down to Portsmouth from Peterborough and spent four nights on board Tall Ship Challenger 1. Apart from one day’s training none of the students had ever been sailing before.  Not only were they responsible for sailing the vessel they were also responsible for all the associated chores and maintenance.


Heidi Latronico, Project Co-coordinator said: “The aims of this trip are to help increase self-esteem, experience a healthier, more active lifestyle and improve general life & citizenship skills. The students all had a fantastic time and are very keen to take part again.


Georgia Heard, Year 12 sixth form ambassador, said: It was the most amazing week of my life and when it came to an end I was really sad, I just didn’t want to go home.”

Helen Hutchinson, CSR Manager, Cross Keys Homes, said: We have been partners with the Tall Ships Youth Trust for a number of years now. As an organisation we are dedicated to giving back to communities in which we operate and enabling young people to get involved in such a unique experience is as rewarding for us as it is for them.”