Bassett House School recently stayed with us – here’s their blog:

07:00 hours Friday morning saw Form 4 set off on a ‘real life adventure’ – a weekend of sailing at UKSA on the Isle Of Wight.

The children backpacked and travelled by National Express Coach to Southampton where they boarded a Red Funnel ferry to East Cowes.

A short stroll to the academy, unpack, safety briefing, tour, and straight into a land based session of how to dress their PICO dinghies, then onto the River Medina by 14:00 hours. WOW!

Saturday, after a hearty breakfast, the children prepared their dinghies and were off out onto The Solent. A wonderful morning of sailing amongst big and small vessels followed by a packed lunch on the beach at The Shrape, just below the grounds of Osborne House. The afternoon was spent Paddle Boarding on the River Medina.

Feeling completely energised by such a great day and supper – the apple pudding – amazing,  the group spent the evening making sail boats from recycled objects.

Sunday, it was a little misty, so sailing was suspended, but not the fun. Andy and Sam, our Instructors, had an alternative all ready and waiting. The 2.5metre paddle boards had been lashed together across the marina to form a walkway – if you dare. Within minutes our young water babies were running across to try and get to the other side. Some did, others simply enjoyed swimming around in the river – wearing their buoyancy aids of course.

Packed lunch out on the decking with the Instructors and then our journey home began. This was a truly wonderful weekend, made so, by a group of enthusiastic, energetic, brave Form 4 children and top grade instruction from UKSA.