Dear Cirdan Trust,
The Duet was a beautiful boat and the boys got a lot out of sailing it and learnt a lot about themselves whilst on board.
Ben, Tyler and Joseph all enjoyed their time on the boat and they will remember forever the sense of pride we all felt during the parade of sail down the Thames. The sight of all the other Tall Ships turning at Tower Bridge with some of the major buildings in London as a back drop is something all the boys said would stay with them forever.
Joseph, although he didn’t finish the voyage, would like to take part in another trip and feels he just needs to mature a little more and be more open to listening to the crew and adults. He still got a lot out of it but thought it was best he finished the voyage when he did.
Ben loved the opportunity to sail again; his knowledge has increased and he is more confident about being on deck. The highlight for Ben was furthering his knowledge and being on a boat that was very different from Faramir. Tyler loved being back at sea and was very proud when Tom said he could pass his Day Skipper course one day if he carried on furthering his knowledge and being as keen as he was.
Tom the skipper was excellent, his calm personality works wonders with our boys and they always enjoy their time with him. He has excellent knowledge and passes this onto the boys in a very confident manner, but always with a sense of humour and a smile. Ed, the first mate was also very well-liked and respected by the boys. His knowledge of the boat was first call and the boys would pay full attention to his lessons on which sail to use and ropes. Both of the crew were excellent and are a credit to The Cirdan Trust and Duet.
One of the highlights was finishing the trip by sailing back to Ipswich under race conditions the boys found it thrilling, they were tired by the end of it but they managed to bring the boat in under the time that had been set for them by Tom and Ed. We have all got a lot from both of our trips, for me it was watching the boys working as a team in a tough environment, but also seeing the enjoyment they got from it.
Jason, Youth Leader