It was great to learn the similarities and differences between Tall Ships and the RN, meet such a variety of people and mentor Welbeck students

Lieutenant Alice Brindley RN, based at HMS Collingwood

For Alice, who is currently working in the Weapons Engineering Training Group at HMS Collingwood, this was her first experience of sailing with the JST.

She said, “It was great to learn the similarities and differences between Tall Ships and the RN, meet such a variety of people and mentor Welbeck students.” 

Although there was a permanent professional crew on board for the week-long voyage, the volunteer crew undertook all the on board tasks including sitting night watches, climbing the mast, setting sails and hauling on the ropes.

There was also time to explore remote coastlines and jump overboard to swim in the ocean making friends and breaking down social barriers.

Captain Chris Phillips (Lieutenant RNR) said of the voyage, “The Jubilee Sailing Trust has for many years been involved with the rehabilitation of injured servicemen, the recent voyage with a group of students from Welbeck Defence Sixth-Form College mixed with a group of serving personnel and veterans has taken the relationship a step further.  

"The Welbexians represent the future of our Armed Forces, and for them to have had the opportunity to embark on such an experience as this can only benefit them and HM Forces in general, in broadening their experience and outlook at the very beginning of their careers.”

Recent funding has meant that the JST can now offer places on similar voyages for a daily rate of £50 per person and places are available to serving or ex-Armed Forces personnel.  

Lieutenant Brindley confirmed she looked forward to sailing with the JST again and, using her experience at HMS Collingwood, mentoring younger crew members working towards a career in the Royal Navy.

Welbeck Sixth Form Defence College

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