Public Services Students embark on landmark sailing trip - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Students studying the Foundation Degree in Public Services with Outdoor Education at Bridgwater College have been taking part in a seven day and night residential trip with the Morning Star Trust for more than five years, and yet this year's expedition proves to be a trip of firsts, with many new experiences.

The group of eight students, found their sea-legs quickly on the 62 foot long gaff ketch, Morning Star of Revelation. Many previous groups struggled to adjust to life at sea, with trips on a boat often starting with numerous green faces as students step on-board and feel the constant motion of the boat. This group were extremely professional and adapted immediately.

Standing: Iain Bell, Adam Higgins, George Harrington-Brice, Jade Cox, Daniel Gleeson, Duncan Freeman (Bridgwater College Lecturer), Luc Lefebvre (Bridgwater College Programme Manager), Ben Parkin (Morning Star Volunteer). Seated: James Reading, Charlotte Couch, Nathan Kitch

The first-leg of the trip included sailing to France, navigating across one of the busiest shipping channels in the world. In Boulogne-Sur-Mer, the crew were able to sample local cuisine and practise their French. Though a visit to France is customary for the Morning Star, one of the crew was privileged that their first trip abroad was in such style!

The final part of the expedition saw the crew sailing up the Thames, dodging fast London ferries and returning tourists' waves as they passed. It was the very first time a Bridgwater College trip has had the opportunity to sail under the Tower Bridge.

Jade Cox, who is studying the Foundation Degree in Public Services with Outdoor Education said,

“This was such a great experience, Morning Star enabled each member of our group to bond together so well.”

Luc Lefebvre, Programme Manager for Outdoor Education at Bridgwater College said,

“I was amazed how well our students responded to this challenging maritime environment. Once they got over their initial apprehensions, they thrived and learned quickly to support each other. We return to the Morning Star Trust every year because the team are so friendly and accommodating.

“More importantly the setup of the boat enables much more team work than any other type of boat; all work is done traditionally with very little technology on deck to assist the crew, meaning they have to work together to make it happen. It’s the perfect way to test their team working skills. We look forward to many more eventful trips in the future.”

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