Adventure Under Sail’s first priority has always been the safety and welfare of everyone involved with the charity. Therefore, upon the safe and successful completion of Pelican’s Atlantic adventure with Ocean College in April 2020, we like many others, placed our summer season on hold. This is in line with government guidance on avoiding unnecessary travel and social contact.
We were in contact with our partners who were due to sail on voyages during the 2020 season to confirm that their voyages cannot take place, and we have moved voyages to 2021 where possible with the interests of the young people, staff and volunteers who sail with us foremost in our minds.
We are extremely proud of the way on which we deliver sail training and personal development on board, and this is a reflection of the professionalism shown by our crew, staff and volunteers. Safety is our number one priority, however, we also believe that honesty and fairness lie at the heart of all we do. We continue to be in a very fast-moving situation but our decisions will always be guided by what we believe to be in the best interests of all our stakeholders, and we will endeavor to keep people informed as things change.
Sail training changes lives and we firmly believe that young people – including those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable – benefit enormously from the experience we can offer.
We worked tirelessly to prepare for being back at sea when it is safe to do so. On August 1st 2020, with our partner Darwin200, the Pelican and Darwin trainees departed Sharpness Shipyard in a 'family bubble' to circumnavigate the UK on a sailing programme over the following 8 weeks. They sailed around the UK on a Darwin science based voyage, keeping everyone protected from the Covid-19 Virus and complying with all of the guidelines; ensuring our commitment to quality and high standards. You can look back on their voyage and the 21 films recorded during the voyage on social media pages and at www.darwin200.com
With this experience behind us, we have embarked on our next voyage, the annual Atlantic adventure with Ocean College that departed October 2020 and will return in April 2021 with 33 trainee crew. Progress can be followed on social media, our tracker or the Ocean College website.
The pandemic has created challenges for us all, and we recognise that we will not return to 'normality' and will indeed have to make adjustments throughout 2021. We are constantly reviewing our programme for 2021 and work with our partners to ensure we can deliver voyages in a safe and meaningful way. We have carefully developed and practiced Covid-19 protocols, carry test kits on board and comply with local and National regulation. Despite this, it is clear to us that we will have to continue to adapt throughout 2021 so that we can remain at sea and continue to deliver safe voyages throughout the Summer of 2021. Where voyages are postpones we will endeavor to reschedule them and provide everybody with an opportunity to sail with Pelican still.
These have been difficult times for everyone, and there are still challenges ahead; we are extremely grateful to those who are able to offer support to see us through this time and beyond, thank you. Please stay safe but contact us if you have any questions.