On 24 August 2017, Glenbrae year 7 and 8 students had the wonderful opportunity to sail on a catamaran at Russell as a part of our school camp.
We arrived at the Russell beach, we met Luke and Rachel who owned the Barefoot sailing adventures boat. As we were getting on the boat we had to take our shoes off because it was a barefoot boat. Once we found us a seat we had to put on life jackets and stay put because it was going to be a bumpy ride.
We went sailing around the open sea and mountains, we also saw 4 dolphins and a blue penguin the most smallest and sweetest penguin ever. We took videos and photos of the animals we saw then started sailing for a few hours. After a few hours of sailing we came amongst big waves and heavy rain. We all put on our raincoats and we weren't allowed to sit on the edges because it was a bumpy ride.
While there were big waves they turned off the boat and let the waves and wind move us so Luke took down the sails and let the waves ride us. Once the wind came back he put the sails back up and turned the boat back on and we started sailing again.
They then turned the boat around and started sailing to the Waitangi treaty grounds our destination. We then had to stay put for a few more hours because it was a long ride to get to the waitangi treaty grounds so we all played games and then the Explorer boat came by and they were waving to us.
Once we got the waitangi treaty grounds Rachel threw a chain in the water so the boat doesn’t float away when everyone gets off. Once we landed everyone grabbed their bag and took off our socks because we were walking on water and wet rocks. We then took a photo with Luke and Rachel and then thanked them for this amazing adventure with them. We then walked up to the footpath and put our shoes on then went to the Waitangi treaty grounds.
I had an awesome experience with sailing because i’ve never been sailing before. I enjoyed sailing and seeing the awesome sea-animals. Sailing was fun because i got to bond with people i barely communicate with and with my friends. I look ford to going sailing sometime again in the future.