Jack and Coral’s tall story

FULL SAIL Jack Upton and Coral Lolaczynski-Castagne, both 16, on board the Tall Ship Stavros S Niarchos

FULL SAIL Jack Upton and Coral Lolaczynski-Castagne, both 16, on board the Tall Ship Stavros S Niarchos

Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Councillor David Fuller, Georgie Howard, 18, Head of Gaskell House, and deputy headmistress Heather Trim with students at the start of the walk Picture: Sally Tiller

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TWO students had the sea adventure of their lives on board a tall ship.

Jack Upton and Coral Lolaczynski-Castagne, both 16, celebrated the finale of the Tall Ships Youth Trust (TSYT) Voyage of Achievement when they sailed under Tower Bridge this week.

Their 11-day trip with a crew of 48 students on the Tall Ship Stavros S Niarchos started in Newcastle and took them via Leith in Scotland and the Dutch port of Scheveningen before their arrival in London.

The Bourne Community College students worked in teams to scale the ship’s masts, scrubbed decks, kept watch and practised man overboard and other safety drills – all around the clock.

Jack said: ‘I really enjoyed climbing the rigging – the adrenaline rush was amazing.

‘This has been a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity.’

Coral added: ‘My proudest moment was steering the ship during a storm.

‘The voyage has been unique and interesting, patience-testing but rewarding.’

More than 500 young people have now taken part in the Voyage of Achievement, funded by HSBC, since the scheme was launched 11 years ago.

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