Whilst volunteering on the Isle of Wight in early July, I dropped into the newly opened office of Girls for Sail, the UK’s only sailing school for ladies, with a view to asking about their apprenticeship scheme. I left scarcely fifteen minutes later having paid a deposit for my involvement in the first three races of Cowes Week, a feat that Karen in the office deserves considerable p raise for because I am normally incredibly suspicious of people who try to part me from my cash! That is not to say that I regretted my decision of course, the week that was to follow has to number amongst the best of my short life thus far.
For a number of years now I have been eyeing-up various internships, sail training schemes, fast-track RYA programmes and the likes from across the world, but I have only discovered this particular gem of a company within the last handful of months. At one point last year I had held a place on the waiting list for a year long scheme in Thailand which would purportedly have seen me progress from keen novice to Coastal Yachtmaster. I gave up my place under closer inspection of the types of conditions under which we would be learning, deciding instead that the UK, although extortionately expensive as a theatre to learn in, would prove far more beneficial in the long run. During the course of Cowes Week I would meet one of the current apprentices, but the subject of this particular post is Cowes Week and my experience as a punter, so I will refrain from going into the matter of any intentions that I might have for the future!