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YMCA Newark and Sherwood and Tall Ships Youth Trust round-the-UK voyage is now past its halfway point, and the first five crews of volunteers from Newark and Sherwood have seen everything from unforgiving storms, to adorable seals and beautiful sunsets.

The voyage, to raise money for its £13m Community and Activity Village on Bowbridge Road, comprises eight legs of between four to eight days in length, with a different crew for each leg.

Crew four's voyage saw the team sail from Liverpool to Greenock, via Belfast, a five day voyage, with the crew made up of local CEOs, business leaders and representatives from local organisations.

YMCA Tall Ships Adventure crews (18374797)
YMCA Tall Ships Adventure crews (18374797)

Alex Gibson, partner at William Saunders, described the awe-inspiring views on his journey:

“Coming into Belfast past the Titanic slipways was wonderful, and night watch was fantastic. Being able to properly see stars, identify the lights of ships, lighthouses and buoys all under the cold moonlit sky,” he said.

“The camaraderie of a group of people who had barely met, and the rate at which they become a functioning team was a real example of how experiences like this bond people together.”

YMCA Tall Ships Adventure crews (18374792)
YMCA Tall Ships Adventure crews (18374792)

Maria Brambles, community engagement officer at Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “When I volunteered, it seemed like a very daunting and extreme adventure, but I learned that with the support of like-minded people, you can achieve anything."

Crew Four’s journey was not without its challenges. “Sleeping in close quarters with three grown men having a snoring competition was one," laughed Jerome Wright, managing director of Gusto Construction Ltd.

Snoring, seasickness and tiring night-watches proved to be a common experience of Crew Five too – sailed by children from Magnus Church of England Academy, through the beautiful scenery of Scotland.

YMCA Tall Ships Adventure crews (18374788)
YMCA Tall Ships Adventure crews (18374788)

The fifth crew sailed from Greenock to Inverness over six days.

Charlotte, age 14, explained in a video diary how it was all worth it for the wildlife she saw, finding whales, sharks and otters on the journey.

The crew confirmed however, that despite careful attention paid as they passed through Loch Ness, Nessie herself was not spotted.

YMCA Tall Ships Adventure crews (18374782)
YMCA Tall Ships Adventure crews (18374782)

Perhaps blessed with the most exceptional views of the whole Adventure so far, Johannes, aged 13, wrote: “My highlights have been the views of the hills and mountains from the coast. It’s been great because I’ve learned how to work the sails. It’s a good thing to do for the community.”

The next crew, Crew Six, are currently sailing from Inverness to Hull, and are due to reach Hull on Saturday.

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The second crew on the YMCA Tall Ships Adventure have returned



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