Quarrier’s James Shields Project signs off

Leg 6 / Day 7

Lexi . . We are going home today. I am happy but sad as well. I enjoyed the week. Even the bad times. All that’s left now is breakfast and packing then a tidy up of the boat.

They guy that owns the marina said that they will be in Glasgow next month and that we can go sailing with  him if we want so that it a food def. Want tae go.

I really enjoyed this week so thanks Paul for organising it and to Lisa for supporting us and keeping us going with a few texts. It reminded us that somebody knew we were out there and was thinking about us. And thanks to Gavin and Francis for being patient with us and Andy cheesy feet LOL.

It was a good crew and we all had a laugh even when we were down.


Log updates for days 4, 5 & 6

Leg 6 / Day 4, 5 & 6

Day 4

Ryan . . .We got up and went for a shower. Had breakfast then made out way to Douglas. Was about a 6 hour journey. On the way round, me and Andy and Cleghorn where doing a tack and as soon as I had tied off my line a big bad-ass wave came aboard and more or less flung me to the back of the boat. It was quite exciting ha, ha!

A wave washs aboard Duet

Day 5

Lexi . . .We were on 2nd watch this morning so we got a long lie. When we got on deck there was no sail up ‘coz the wind was against us so we had to use the engine but later on we put the sails up when the wind changed and we made goo time.

We took it in turns to steer the boat whilst Cleghorn and Tiny tried tae catch fish (Nae luck boys). The weather was ok today when the rain was off.

We saw lots of oil rigs and standby boats and other big ships. The nearer Liverpool we got the more windfarms we saw. We had never seen a windfarm before.

We had pasta for munch, (Tasty Paul!), then we tidied up and scrubbed the deck and took the jib sail down and put them away . Now we have a few hours to kill before we can go up the River Mersey.

Day 6

Lexi . . .We got a long lie in today. After breakfast we went into Liverpool town centre and had a look about. We went through China town.It was cool. A lot of the street names were the same as Glasgow After we went back tae the boat and tidied up and scrubbed if for everyone coming to the ceremony. After that we met the pilot who explained tae Francis how the river was and stuff ‘coz of the fast tide in the Mersey.

At five o’clock the ceremony started. There were lots of people there. We met the guy that owned the marina and our Champion Lisa and some guys that were mates on sailing boats. We met a couple of the new crew and showed them around the boat. (I think we sacred them then!!! LOL).

Later on we had a big buffet. It was healthy. There was all sorts of grub.

Later that night we had a couple of pints and relaxed with Gavin the Mate and Francis the Skipper.

When we got back aboard we went to bed but were up ‘till all hours in stitches. We were laughing about everything and anything. Later on that night Andy ‘sicknote’ took a pounding. We nearly sank the boat we were laughing so much, the tears were running down our faces. LOL.



Liverpool welcomes Duet

Leg 6 / Day 6

Guests congratulate the Leg 6 crewDuet has been given a wonderful reception in Liverpool. She arrived in the River Mersey from the Isle of Man on Wednesday evening and locked into the marina at midnight.

Sail training supporters from the North West marked Duet’s 100th birthday and the successful completion of another leg of the Voyage to Success 2012 with a reception on Thursday. Many of those present had sailed aboard Duet during her 52 years of service to young people in the UK.

The Leg 6 Champion, Lisa Pover congratulated the young people on their achievement and presented them with certificates of achievement.

Young people from Liverpool Positive Futures who will be joining Duet on Sunday to sail to Swansea were on hand to receive the Olympic Baton from the group.

Thanks are due to Emma Ellis and Stuart Wood who helped organise the event and to Dave Murray of Glacier Maritime Academy who arranged free berthing for Duet at Liverpool Marina.

Leg 6 crew and their Champion Lisa Pover



Leg 6 / Day 3

Paul . . Day 3 was pretty banging. We arrived in Peel the night before and got a mooring spot in the morning. SHOWERTIME!!! Hot water never felt so good. We have also explored a castle and walked the hills. Me John and Cleghorn decided to took a detour and got lost in super bushes. On the way down we saw a team of sheep on the cliff and Lexi thought he saw a sheep flying.

That night Paul took us for a pint and John got whipped at pool.

Lexi . . .We got a shower this morning. It was great. I never wanted to get out. Later on we went for a walk around Peel. The town centre was tiny. ‘Not wit we’re used tae!’

We went for a walk around Peel Castle. The woman let us in for free (proud of her). It was good. Later on Tiny, Cleghorn and me went and picked stones and shells of the beach tae take home. Later still we had dinner and went out together.

PS Me and Dempsey puff like chimneys and we made it tae the top of the hill and Paul and Andy bottled it (Chickens! LOL)

 Leg 6 / Day 4

 Paul . . We have sailed around the Isle of Man to Douglas and arrived at 6pm. 32 miles to get fuel!

One more leg to Liverpool. We saw a KFC and I started to feel a bit normal. Came back and got a banging roast beef dinner. They have all gone for a short walk., I don’t want to get soaked in rain so I am staying here to read for a while and get a bit of peace.

Liverpool can not come quickly enough!!!

An island on the West Coast of Scotland

Not the Isle of Man


Soggy but still happy . . .just!

Leg 6 / Day 2  (Sun 1 July)

Ryan . . . Woke up at 6am. We got breakfast, 3 of us went up on deck to start our shift. Me and Andy finally got the anchor up after a struggle. We set off about 6:45am. It was a bit of a shock because last night everyone was unhappy and saying they wanted to go home BUT today was different. Everyone was enjoying it. Then mad Andy started being sick again.

I’ve been on deck most of the day. Just shows how different everyone responded today. Just rolled a snout. Up to puff it. Back soon. . .!

Paul (Tiny) . . .  It has started again. I woke up around 9am and moved to adry bed for a decent kip but only slept ‘till 10:30am. Had a wash and went up for a watch. Steered the boat for a while and have been SENT to bed as I am NEEDED later. Any excuse to get rid of me!!

My turn to make the munch tonight so it’s going to be banging!

P.S ‘Sicknote’ Andy has been sick again but is finally up working Ahhaa!! With his bucket!

Forgot to say, me and the bold Lexi nearly swam with the fish last night trying to get the Jib sail down. As it was lowered we couldn’t pull it in quick enough and it went in the water pulling me an Lexi towards the edge of the starboard bow of the boat. Resulting in me hurting my finger on the guard wire. What’s the irony in that . . .!

As for our bags. . . .well the majority of them are as wet as the boat itself. The hatch in the forward ‘bunk room’, if you want to call it that, was left open leaving us to sleep in soggy conditions and in the same clobber we worked in to keep warm. So far though, it has been good. Everyone is keeping each other’s moral high enough than no one has contemplated suicide by drowning . . .so far!!

Duet beating upwind in lively conditions


A ‘brutal’ night

Leg 6 / Day 1

John . . . We arrived at Greenock Harbour and saw the boat and saw the boat we would be living in. It looked no bigger than the toilet in my room and there is supposed to be nine of us on it.  The first day was really enjoyable up until Paul made the lasagne and Andy started getting sea sick. Then my dinner ended up all over the deck and a seagull got some sick over it.

That night was brutal. I was shi**ing myself. You could not see even two feet in front of you. While we were on watch Tiny and Lexi nearly fell overboard whislt trying to get the jib sail down. It was that bad we had to pull into a bay for the night.

Paul  (Tiny). . .Day one was a bit of a shock. I went sailing before on a newer boat but this time I have come with a 100 times better crew. As far as sailing goes, we have been split into two shifts but ‘Sicknote’ (Andy) has mucked up the rota due to his seasickness’.

I went to sleep after the first shift. Maybe after half an hour of sleeping he came in and was sick right beside me in the bin… was lovely!!!

Ended up helping the next shift from 10:30 ‘till 1:00 am when we had to double back due to rough seas. When I went down to go to sleep there were no dry bunks and I had to sleep in my waterproofs in a dodgy air suspended swinging death cot!!

Ryan . . . We set of about 2:30pm. We were all enjoying it until the bad weather started. The hatch was not shut so our bags were wet. We got through Day 1 with mostly everyone moaning. . . especially John LOL.


Lisa Pover to Champion Leg 6

Portrate Lisa PoverThe young people from Quarrier’s James Shield Project who set sail aboard Duet from Greenock on Saturday are to be championed by Lisa Pover.

Lisa is a living example of how sailing offshore can build people into much more than they ever expected to be.

Working as a taxi driver in Liverpool she won a local newspaper competition to complete a leg of the Clipper Round The World Race. Having never sailed before, she decided that this was her big chance in life and raised the money to complete not just the leg but the whole circumnavigation. Since completing the circumnavigation she has established the Lisa Pover Trust which offers personal development to young people from Liverpool through sailing.

She has sent the following message to crew of Leg 6.

Hi to ALL the crew onboard Duet,

I can remember my very first voyage at sea as if it was only yesterday.  When I decided that I wanted to sail around the world, my friends and family couldn’t believe it. They said ‘Lisa is doing what? She hates the water!’ and they was right but if I don’t challenge myself in life, then how will I ever achieve?

Going to sea for the first time I remember thinking, what will it be like, will I enjoy it, how will I know what to do and will I get on with everyone?  There were people I had never met before, from all walks of life and from very different backgrounds to myself but I very quickly learnt that it didn’t matter.  What mattered was how well we worked together as a team, how we supported each other when each of us were missing home or feeling vulnerable, not what we did back home, where we came from or how much money we had.

Sailing is such a wonderful sport.  What you do with the sails and boat determines where you move to…that’s an instant achievement.  You are making a boat/vessel move by the wind!

I look forward to following your voyage on facebook, the website and your blogs but more importantly I really look forward to meeting you all in Liverpool and hearing about your journey first hand.  The good and the bad, the rough and the smooth and of course who had the smelliest feet!

Well done for getting to this stage so far.  Fair winds to you all.

I’ll finish by saying that the higher you aim in your life, the more you will achieve.  No one can say that the path or journey you chose will be an easy one, but if you don’t give it a shot, then you will never know…Here’s a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt that I always have in my mind “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.  Do the things you think you cannot do”.

Best wishes,  Lisa

Lisa Pover helms a Challenge boat