The Grand Arrival

Leg 1 / Day 6

After a nice lay in (6:30am) we set sail for Harwich. Once we arrived we had a clean up session ready to greet our visitors from a local school.

Craig and Sara showed them around Duet and demonstrated their sailing skills. Then it was time to be presented with our certificate by the Mayor and the Lord Lieutenant of Essex.

Today we were joined by Jemma who took videos of the day and joined us for chilli con carne and rice beautifully cooked by Mashal. We were made very welcome by the staff at the RNLI, we got to sit on a lifeboat which was really cool and must have been comfortable as Craig had a little snooze.

Tom tested how quick he could put on the survival suit and managed it in double quick time.

After tea it was a knot tying lesson by Gavin. Backi and Mashal were playing a knot game, trying to get out of a tricky situation before showers and a settle down for our final sleep on Duet. “THAT’S WOT SHE SAID!!”


Essex welcome for Voyagers

Pupils from Harwich and Dovercourt High School were joined by the new Mayor of Harwich and the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Essex at Ha’penny Pier, Harwich on Thursday to welcome the first group of young people to Essex and congratulate them on successfully completing Leg 1 of the Voyage to Success 2012.

Vice Lord Lieutenant of Essex presents Certificate to young personHanding Certificates of Achievement to the 5 young people and the Barnardo’s Group Leaders who sailed with them George Courtauld, Vice Lord Lieutenant of Essex said “I am here as a personal representative of the Queen which shows how important we believe you are and how impressed we are with what each one of you has achieved”. The Mayor John Thurlow gave similar words of welcome to the young people and thanked the pupils from Harwich and Dovercourt High School for coming to greet the voyagers.

The pupils and the young people then went on to the RNLI Lifeboat Station for a tour of the station and some joint team-building games organised for them by the lifeboat crew.

Group shot of welcoming reception on Harwich Pier


Young GBR Ice Hockey Player to Champion Leg 2

Amy Campbell from Hartlepool who represents Great Britain in Ladies Ice Hockey is to be the ‘Champion’ for the young people from Barnardo’s Lincolnshire who will be sailing in Leg 2 of the Voyage to Success from Harwich to Hartlepool..

Picture of Amy CampbellAs Champion for the leg, Amy’s role is to inspire and congratulate the young crew who will have to overcome great challenge in order to successfully complete their voyage.

“Travelling the world to represent my country in Ladies Ice Hockey is great fun and an enormous privilege but it has taken a lot of dedication and belief in myself to get this far” said Amy “I know that the young people sailing aboard Duet will face their own challenges on their Voyage to Success. I can promise them that it will all be worth it because I have learned that every challenge you overcome builds you into a stronger and more capable person. Good luck with your voyage and have fun.”

Amy will congratulate the young people and present them with Certificates of Achievement at a ceremony in Hartlepool Marina on Thursday 7th June attended by Iain Wright MP, Member of Parliament for Hartlepool.


Harwich Lifeboat Crew are Champions for Leg 1

Only 7 days to go.

The crew of the RNLI Harwich Lifeboat are to inspire and congratulate young people from Barnardo’s who are completing the first leg of the voyage.

As ‘Champions’ for the leg the lifeboat crew will be sending messages of support as the young crew voyage from London and will be greeting the five young people as they arrive in Harwich on 31 May.

The lifeboat crew have invited the young people and also young people from  Harwich and Dovercourt High School to visit the lifeboat station where they will be arranging some fun games and challenging exercises at the lifeboat station.

The crew will also be welcomed to Harwich by the town’s new Mayor, John Thurlow. George Courtauld, the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Essex will be attending to congratulate the young people on their achievement and present them with certificates.

Duet begins her voyage from London on 28th May.

Harwich lifeboat station logo