The most memorable moment of SYF was a conversation I had with scientist/mentor Jeremy. It was something like 2 hours of us talking about life and its hardships but he gave some advice that has stuck with me since. In short, he told me that if I want to make something of myself it's up to me to do it. I have had these types of conversations with teachers, friends and adults for years now and it's always felt like people were worrying about me when I was just trying to take things easy. It was something about how he worded it that this time it genuinely hit me that I need to stop messing around and if I want to do something of any significance it's in my hands. I told Jeremy after his big lecture to me that it changed my life. We shook hands, then teared up, then hugged and cried and I felt truly noticed. And I hope Jeremy feels pride in the fact that he really did change my life. Because of this memorable moment I have since had tunnel vision on my exams this year, my professional career, relationships with family and friends and myself as a person. All this motivation is focused on bettering myself and the things important to me. It also taught me that the things I can't control, I can't control. This seems obvious but I finally realised that I have to do exams or I have to face my fears or I have to own up when I’ve done wrong instead of controlling the consequences. This trip gave me a sense of clarity about what’s truly important and what I can do to keep things going in the right direction.
Jacob - Voyage Crew Member
I am very thankful to have been invited on the Pelican tall ship. I made new friends that I hope I will keep in contact with for life. I enjoyed putting up the sails and being on watch, minus the sea-sickness at 3am. There were even two scientists onboard that taught us a lot, one of them was a shark scientist and took us to the Isle of Man shore to look for shark and sting ray eggs. I also enjoyed the different jobs around the ship. I will never forget the opportunity and I am blessed to have been on this once in a lifetime trip.
Many thanks, Chloe
Chloe Cowsill - Voyage Crew Member
I really enjoyed the experience of the Pelican as it taught me skills on sailing, taught me to be independent with tasks. I like how the staff treated us with respect and trusted us to do big jobs and do things ourselves. I feel like I learned a lot of key skills in terms of sailing such as steering, pulling the ropes and how a ship works in general.
It was also a great chance to make new friends which I did. Having friends on the boat meant it was fun to carry out jobs and watches. We could support and encourage each other when it got hard. I also made friends with the staff which was nice as it meant they trusted us and got to know us better.
One of the main things I enjoyed was how everyone felt like a community when we worked together. Feeling like that meant we could work well and fast on the boat and use our strengths to help each other. Overall, I think the Pelican sailing trip was a brilliant experience on working on boats, becoming independent and making friends. I would definitely recommend it to people who are looking for an exciting, thrilling experience.
Rose Yearnshire - Voyage Crew Member
Hi my name is Harvey Henderson (17) and I was a trainee onboard Pelican of London for 10 days on a stem voyage. I didn’t expect to be on this voyage but like most things in life they get thrown into your hands and you must grab the opportunity so I set off with my bags (and some anxiety) and I boarded the Pelican where I was greeted by the kindest of crew you could ask for, I was show to my cabin and made to feel at home. Throughout the week I was pushed by the crew to achieve great things although I didn’t make it up the mast they encouraged me out to the bowsprit and work there instead which was an awesome experience! I hope to volunteer with Seas Your Future to give other young adults, like me, an experience of a lifetime. I would like to say a big thank you Janice and Shelly for making my time aboard extra special.
Harvey Henderson - Voyage Crew Member
I enjoyed learning the new skills on the boat especially knots, talking to others and learning to over come problems and adapt to the sickness. I felt my confidence increased. I found the experience really useful and I think it provided me with lots of useful skills that I will use in my career such problem solving, team work, adapting to a situation, and commitment.
Voyage Crew Member
I think my most memorable moment was when I was at the helm of the ship, it gave me a sense of purpose and trusted with responsibility. Then, all of a sudden many dolphins appeared out of nowhere and started jumping out of the water as they swam behind the ship. I felt they were interacting with me, making me part of their world. I was filled with joy and happiness. It was such an amazing experience, one I can’t ever imagine will happen again. I think I have become more confident in associating with completely new people and collaborating with them. I believe this will have such a positive impact on my future. I feel it will enable me to communicate more comfortably with people at university, as well as working with a team when studying medicine. I would recommend it to other students as it will prepare you for life! Giving valuable experience that is unique to this trip. It’s not just about learning about living on a boat, but the new things you learn about yourself. It’s also about the people, the other students, the staff and the professionals on board. A highlight of this was talking and learning from the ship’s Dr, who introduced me to various pieces of equipment that are on board a ship; including diagnostic tests for various common illnesses on board a ship. I will treasure and remember this trip for the rest of my life, it has meant so much to me.
Kornel - Voyage Crew Member
I suggest this to anyone and everyone who has the chance. I loved this experience so much that I intend to volunteer on the boat when I turn 18, on top of this this moment will potentially cause the success of my dream job of being a marine biologist and for that I thank you for the opportunity.
Eli - Voyage Crew Member
Jacob had the best 10 days, and he worked harder than he ever has! He came back with a new mature attitude and is really trying to focus on his school work and his future. This was mainly due to the excellent mentors on board I would highly recommend this opportunity to anyone. Thank you, his trip gave me a sense of clarity about what’s truly important and what I can do to keep things going in the right direction.
Caroline L - Parent
I really enjoyed: people, positive attitude, dedication, responsible attitude of everyone, everyone was happy to explain or help etc. First time in the last 20 years did not feel like foreigner.
Inese V - Voyage Crew Member
Since the voyage I have found it easier to communicate with people I wouldn't usually speak to. I've become more confident in climbing as I got half way up. My fears of thinking the boat will sink have disappeared. I would recommend this to anyone who could take part as it was one of the best experiences of my life and I wish that I could experience that again. I'm going to apply to be a volunteer next year.
Keanu - Voyage Crew Member
I intend to use the skills of teamwork and responsibility I have gained for my future and to use this voyage in my future CV.
Samuel M - Voyage Crew Member
Sailing with the Pelican has been a fantastic experience - I was initially a little nervous, as I haven't had a real gritty adventure since pre-covid Girl Guide camps, let alone tackled seasickness, sailing, or really anything of the sort, but with such a fantastic, competent, and reassuring professional crew, there's a lot of room for learning and growth. I also found myself enjoying, and halfway decent at, manning the helm - surprising as I haven't even sat my drivers theory test, but can be trusted at the wheel of a vessel! I'm rather sad that the adventure is nearly over, but delighted to have had the opportunity to try new things, meet new people, and visit new places.
Méabh L - Voyage Crew Member
The navigation and wind lessons with Tamsin were a very useful application in the real world application of mathematical concepts. The experience has given me a better appreciation for some of the vessels that I work on.
Michael S - Voyage Crew Member
I enjoyed being able to work with a large group of young people over a prolonged period of time. This meant that the ocean/shark science activities could be spread out, less intense meaning each one could be targeted and adapted to the group. I also really enjoyed how quickly you go from strangers to friends while on the boat. I think living so closely with others and the need to work as a team to perform tasks means you get to know each other quickly and make good bonds.
Mark Packer - The Shark Trust
I will certainly integrate the experience in my daily work and professional life. The voyage has been a great life metaphor, which helped to identify challenges and way to overcome them as a result of hard work, great leadership and teamwork. I do believe it had such an impact on my understanding of the importance of teamwork for achieving results in life. In addition to this, having witnessed great examples of leadership, especially women leadership (first mate and second mate, bosun), it will contribute to stronger confidence in those work environments mostly led by men figures..
Isabella C - Voyage Crew Member
I want to say a massive thank you for everyone who was involved in allowing Ollie to have this amazing experience. He really loved it. He gained so much invaluable experience and knowledge. He was allowed to be a lot more independent which has given him more confidence. But I think the biggest gain was working and building relationships with people of all different ages, experience and walks of life. He talked and got to know people that he would not of been given the opportunity to do so before now. He listened and took on board their differences and also what that had experienced and learned from life. Hopefully he will take on this knowledge and new confidence as he goes through the next stages in his life.
I will use the teamwork skills to work in a team and indulge in more sociable interests with the social skills I learnt. I will also use the social skills I learnt to be able to work with others.
Suzanne C - Voyage Crew Member
I had so much fun on the voyage, I bonded with some people I would never have normally spoken to that I now speak to every day in school. The staff on the boat were so kind and absolutely amazing people!! I would 100% do it again and would recommend it to others. I really had the best experience.
Keira - Voyage Crew Member
Being on board the Pelican for 5 weeks during the summer has been a very uplifting experience for me. I have enjoyed the time immensely. I feel that I have learned a lot, from the sailing to the marine biology lessons. I have also gained confidence by teaching and helping others on board, I now have a greater understanding of other people's abilities and strengths. We all learn at different rates, some people pick it up 1st time while others need to be shown several times, patience and understanding are key. I am very grateful for the opportunity I was given and will carry it with me as one of my greatest achievements so far. Thank you to all of the crew aboard the Pelican of London and the onshore staff. Thanks to Simon Thorrington who kept in contact with my parents throughout. Fair winds and following seas.
Ben Walker - Voyage Crew Member
I think that the voyage helped massively when it comes to my socialising ability. Before the voyage, I would be nervous talking to people who I didn’t know. I’ve noticed that since I’ve been back, I’m able to talk to people with more ease.
Abi - Voyage Crew Member
I have been on two Pelican Voyages; I thoroughly enjoyed them both. The first trip I did was only a week and I was very nervous about it plus it took me a couple of days to get into the routine of the ship. The second trip I did was for two weeks which I enjoyed a lot more as I got used to the routine quicker because I knew what I was doing. I also felt a lot more involved with the crew and was doing a lot more around the ship like fixing an anchor light. It helped my confidence generally and I thoroughly enjoyed my time on Pelican and would go on there again.
Matilda Lauderdale - Voyage Crew Member
I have now made friends for life. The time spent together in the mess room bonding and riding out the free time was an amazing experience. I really enjoyed exploring new places with new friends and getting to see the milky way.
Lucy - Voyage Crew Member
I enjoyed visiting new places and I now have a better understanding of other jobs in a career at sea.
Matilda - Voyage Crew Member
Ben's Father and I (and Ben's headteacher) feel that Ben has been given the opportunity of a lifetime, things like this don't happen often. I hope he's learning a lot and working hard, he's a good lad, model pupil, excellent cadet and he really deserves it. I'm very proud of my son and all he has achieved so far, and I strongly believe that being on board the Pelican has helped him with his growth and maturity.
Lynsey Walker - Parent of Voyage Crew Member
Being onboard Pelican, being integrated into both the professional crew and voyage crew with young people I really enjoyed. It is fifteen years since I have spent time at sea. It was fabulous to be back in such a welcoming and supportive, fun environment. Thanks for the opportunity.
Yvonne Blood - Voyage Crew Member and Parent
I really enjoyed climbing up the main mast and stowing the sails. I enjoyed being on the topsail yard, as having to tie the knots was very enjoyable. The view whilst moving on the yard is unbelievable and I wish I could do it again one day.
Abigail Thorn - Voyage Crew Member
Being on the helm for the first time was extremely nerve-wracking and stressful – you are guiding an entire tall ship full of people. I mean, it’s not a hard job, but … having the responsibility to do that is amazing. That night I learned how to sail by using a compass and it was so incredible.
Lucy - Voyage Crew Member
Something I really enjoyed was putting the sails up to go sailing because you get to go out on the shrouds and see the lovely view.
Aaliya Barr - Voyage Crew Member
Sailing with Seas Your Future was a really incredible experience; I loved learning how to sail and meeting a group of exceptionally hard-working people from a whole range of backgrounds and disciplines. Life on the ship teaches you so many values, and also shows you how each person has an integral role. It also helps you prove to yourself how much tenacity you actually have! The Pelican is a beautiful ship - my first tall ship, close to my heart - and I hope to sail on her in the future exploring different seas.
Esther Bancroft - Scientist in Residence
I really enjoyed: -Singing sea shanties with my watch when we were sailing and I was on the helm. -playing Uno and listening to music at night with people on the boat. -seeing dolphins and whales -seeing shooting stars, meteorites and the milky way at night on watch.
Trinity Johnston - Voyage Crew Member
I got out of my comfort zone and I also faced my fear of heights.
Undja - Voyage Crew Member
I enjoyed experiencing the stunning landscape and biodiversity on the trip. Being with a varied group of people. Seeing young people's passion for the ocean and science evolve. Being so connected to the weather and water.
Jas Tribe - City to Sea Scientist
It was great being away from normal life for so long and making lifelong friends. Constantly being outside very much helped my mental health.
Rachel Georgiou - Scientist in Residence
The sailing experience has given me the confidence to work with others and improve my leadership. I am hoping to join the Royal Navy and so developing these skills in a maritime environment is fantastic.
Toby Horne - Voyage Crew Member
I enjoyed being at sea for the first time and having the opportunity to helm a Tall Ship while under sail. I also enjoyed meeting the professional crew and learning lots of new skills. Everyone was very friendly and we worked well together as a team. I am hoping to pursue a Maritime Career in the future and following my experience on Pelican, I would ideally like to work aboard Tall Ships.
Oliver Hirst - Voyage Crew Member
I’m more confident meeting new people, and I’m much better at working as a team - useful for future careers.
Dan Hogg - Voyage Crew Member
Daniel, a trainee from Sailing Summer Camp Costa Rica, talking about his 'Seas Your Future experience' discussing mainly his emotions and emphasising how anyone and everyone should experience a voyage on tall ship Pelican.
Daniel Barahona, Sailing Summer Camp Costa Rica Trainee
I really enjoyed meeting a broad range of people on the voyage, learning about sailing and helping teach ocean science. The crew were fantastic. The diving of course was amazing too. Such beautiful weather really helped as well.
Oliver made lots of new friends onboard, loved the challenge of being at sea for the first time, enjoyed learning new skills and hearing stories about other trips. He said all the professional crew and volunteers were amazing, the trainee crew were lots of fun and the food was brilliant. He overcame his fears and said that climbing the rigging had been one of the best things he had done, although he would have liked to go all the way up to the top. Helming the ship was his other highlight and he is now definitely thinking of a maritime career.
A parent from the Mid-August 2021 Voyage
I had such an incredible experience and I'd like to thank everyone involved. I had so much fun meeting new people, trying new things and learning all about sailing. I am definitely thinking about going again next year or looking at longer voyages.
Saffie Clark, Sail Trainee from the Mid-August 2021 Voyage
May had a fantastic time and has regaled us with stories of the voyage and how much fun she had. She loved working with the crew and making new friends among the group. It obviously really fired her imagination because she's told us a lot about the things she's learnt. For example, knots and the names of parts of the sail, etc. She also felt quite deflated and sad the day after she was back, missing everyone there and life aboard the ship. I think she would very much like to get involved in the future, if the stars align!
Alice Meacham, a parent from the Mid-August 2021 Voyage
This experience has made me consider spending more time on tall ships and boats, potentially working on them. In terms of education, I have become more interested in the study of ocean science and I want to find out more.
Saffie - Voyage Crew Member
Mid-August Voyage 2021
Sailing on a Tall Ship was really a dream come true for Oscar, and he has returned a change human. We watched the ships come down the Thames, for the Parade of Sail Greenwich in 2014, and it's been an ambition of his ever since.
Hannah North, a parent from the Mid-August 2021 Voyage
He has told us lots about the experience and really did enjoy himself. I've also noticed that he hasn't worn his hoodie with the hood up since he arrived home. It was his default comfort position! So, from a parental point of view he seems a lot more confident in himself, he's more relaxed and he is less worried about making mistakes - less defensive. He can see that others make mistakes so it's not just him, and that's ok.
Mid-August 2021 Voyage
Lily and Grace both had an amazing time and haven't stopped talking about it all week! They literally loved everything and everyone and they could not find a negative. This trip will, for sure, be one for them to remember.
Marnie, a parent from the Mid-August 2021 Voyage
Everyone onboard was very friendly and it was interesting talking to the crew about some of the other ships they have sailed on. I really enjoyed climbing the rigging even though I was worried about it to begin with.
Oliver - Voyage Crew Member
Mid-August Voyage 2021
While I don’t think a maritime career is something I necessarily want to pursue, the team working skills I have gained will be useful across all kinds of jobs that I might follow in life. I learnt many skills such as problem solving and teamwork which will certainly come in useful as I continue my education.
May - Voyage Crew Member
Mid-August Voyage 2021
I enjoyed the sailing life just being at sea as well as the activities like climbing the mast. I also thoroughly enjoyed meeting new people and the fact we all were going through the same emotions so we could support each other and enjoy it together. It has made me want to continue and I’m looking at maybe completing a RYA course to get qualified in sailing as well as joining my local sailing club.
Lily - Voyage Crew Member
Mid-August Voyage 2021
I got stuck in with real work and taking on real responsibility, where in day to day life this really doesn’t happen. This experience has helped me to get to know others who otherwise I would never have socialised with even if they lived just down the road. I am considering a career in sail training and I am actively pursuing this, this is partly down to my time spent on TS Pelican with Seas Your Future on this voyage.
Jack - Voyage Crew Member
Mid-August Voyage 2021
A mother rang us at about 3pm on Thursday. Wanting to say how much Ella hasn't stopped talking about the voyage since she got home on Sunday. At 15 this was her first time away from home. Doing this with her friend, Sophie, definitely helped. Before the voyage Ella's mum said she had been very nervous about her going, and secretly had hopped that when she applied it would be too late! But she wasn't and as a result of Ella coming aboard, she had the time of her life and her mother wanted us to know that. Ella made loads of new friends and apparently a load of the youngsters are in touch via Face time and messaging. They are all planning to sail with us together again, next year!
Phone call with a parent from the Mid-August 2021 Voyage
I learnt so much in such a short space of time, I liked the challenges I faced and the sense of purpose and responsibility.
Hannah - Voyage Crew Member
Every member of the crew was absolutely fantastic and made me feel nothing but welcome and at ease with tasks I needed assistance on. I loved feeling like I could contribute to everyday operations such as being a lookout, helming, galley duty, etc and how every professional crew member respected the boundaries of what I was comfortable with doing (turns out I don’t like climbing high) and helped me when I needed instructions to be repeated.
Kelsey - Voyage Crew Member
My experience in helping the engineers, on the Pelican, has led me to consider a career in maritime engineering.
Flynn - Voyage Crew Member
As a marine biologist and Darwin leader, the Darwin 200 UK voyage provided an opportunity like no other. I was fortunate to have been on the 2020 voyage for both legs of the expedition circumnavigating our island nation and what an experience it was! Sailing and science go hand in hand and really provided a unique platform for both education and conservation science. During the voyage an array of projects were undertaken by budding young scientists and sailors alike and provided crucial data to academia and conservation organisations, notably over 100 observations and recordings of marine mammals and mega fauna. I will forever cherish my time onboard the Pelican of London and thank the crew and Darwin team for making this such a special experience. Following on from the UK voyage, I have high hopes for the opportunities the global voyage will provide to the next generation of Darwin leaders and conservationists.
Joe - Darwin200 Scientist
A Trainee who sailed the Darwin200 Launch Voyage on board Pelican of London in 2020, talks about the personal value the voyage had for her. The experience helped her not only to overcome her social anxiety, but it completely changed her life when she came home and changed her career path.
Imogen - Darwin200 Trainee
It was one of the best experiences of my life so far. It’s so intense being out on a boat for a week with people you don’t know but I’m after making friendships that I know will last a long time. I’d do it again in a heartbeat
Sail Training Ireland Trainee
Sure, I'm still me. But my way of seeing and thinking is different. I go around better and calmer with stress, anger, grief and things I can't change anyway. I've gained a certain composure. I have also become very aware of how the world works. Economically as well as between people.
Ocean College Trainee
I am more self-confident and express my opinion more clearly. I am more open and hardened about difficult situations. Besides, I always feel the need to do something. I am clearer about what I want and more sensitive about our environment.
Ocean College Trainee
It was an unforgettable trip that I would recommend to anyone. All the people in charge did a great job organizing everything. The trip was a perfect fit for my part of life. The places were great, the experience even better. You got to know beautiful places and experienced unique things. Not to forget the things you learned about yourself, others, the ship or the countries. A big thank you again to the Ocean College team and of course the crew and teachers.It might be tough, lack of sleep, taking part in the watch-system, pulling ropes, taking the helm, climbing the mast(s) - but you can be sure when leaving the Pelican at your final port of call you will feel like a sailor, or rather you will BE a sailor - go for it!
Ocean College Trainee
Amazing vessel, amazing people, they give me such great opportunities and I am very thankful! Starting my Naval engineer training in February 2018!
It might be tough, lack of sleep, taking part in the watch-system, pulling ropes, taking the helm, climbing the mast(s) - but you can be sure when leaving the Pelican at your final port of call you will feel like a sailor, or rather you will BE a sailor - go for it!
A trainee in recovery, when asked how her voyage on Pelican of London had impacted her life, said: “It was life-changing. It gave me a sense of self-worth and a purpose in life.” Today she is 2 years, 6 months, and 4 days clean and pursuing a career in the industry.
Sail Training Ireland Trainee
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