A group of 11 students from Years 7 to 13, along with Mr Graham and Mr Keen, set off to the UK Sailing Academy this Easter, to the sound of a rather dramatic playlist of Queen’s Greatest Hits and the soundtrack from Gladiator.

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The weather on the Isle of Wight wasn’t totally in our favour this visit: it was windy, too windy at times to get on the water. However, the hefty breakfasts kept us in good spirits, and as a bonus, we got to ride a jet ski, which was great fun except for the cold dunking at the end of the ride. When we managed to get on the water, we worked towards a variety of qualifications including Day Skipper and Competent Crew. Our courses combined either a mixture of keel boating and powerboating or keel boating and yachting (the most popular choice).

After each exhausting day on the Solent we all needed to relax - for which UKSA hosted a number of activities including pool games, team games and my personal favourite, ten-pin bowling. After an exciting, very tiring, and rewarding week, we made our way back to DCGS and all had the joy of listening to Mr Graham’s music collection once again. Well, we can’t have everything!