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

‘Search to Survive’, lobster creels, Atlantic rowing boats

Some of the blue team aboard Argo with their instructor, Katie.

Westbourne

‘Search to Survive’, lobster creels, Atlantic rowing boats

and survival island

Thursday June 20th 2019

It is just after 6am on Thursday morning and we’ll be leaving shortly to collect the teams from survival island. Its be a fine and dry night with a steady breeze, near perfect conditions.

Yesterday started early with a raft race before breakfast. The rafts had been built the previous evening so it was just a case of donning wetsuits, buoyancy aids and helmets and moving the rafts down to the waters edge. Half of the reds took on half of the blues in the first race, transporting an egg out to the pontoon in the middle of the sea loch, with the remaining team members in the second race to retrieve the egg. Quite a bit of splashing and swimming involved too.

After breakfast both teams were out on the ‘search to survive’ exercise, a wilderness orienteering course where the pupils work in little squads, making their own decisions to navigate from point to point.

After lunch we took to our two workboats, Argo and Victoria, lifting creels in Loch A Chadh Fi and Loch Laxford, and stopping at Ardmore to see the 1966 Atlantic rowing boat and Rebecca’s Cape Horn sea kayak. It was straight from Ardmore onto the island. A real test of self-reliance and team work... and a perfect night for it.