50 years of adventure and life-changing experiences in beautiful isolation, 1969 – 2019

Westbourne School

Checking the creel catch off Ardmore yesterday

Westbourne and Frome Steiner Academy

Westbourne School

Survivors return from the island for a blue sky beach day

Thursday June 28th 2018

Yesterday started early with a 7am rise and a raft race out on the sea loch in front of the Adventure School. The teams had built their rafts from barrels, spars and ropes before going to the mountain and all that was left was to race them.

After breakfast we were back on the water again. This time in our workboats, Argo and Victoria, to pull up the lobster pots and look at the catch before returning it to the sea. While on the water the teams stopped at Ardmore to see the Atlantic rowing boat that Rebecca’s father, John, used to cross from Cape Cod to Ireland in 1966, and the sea kayak that Rebecca used for her Cape Horn expedition.

After lunch the teams were out on ‘search to survive’, our wilderness orienteering course that is a first test of independence in our environment here.

A quick bite of cake at the school and then off to the island itself. A chance for the pupils to put all that they have learned into practice, making their own decisions and judgments to survive together overnight.