Magna resident Tully joins Tall Ship Pelican in historic voyage
By Magna_Housing | Tuesday, September 03, 2013, 16:25
Eighteen year old Tully Butler from Sherborne enjoyed the 'experience of a lifetime' as he joined the crew of the TS Pelican on its voyage from Granville to Weymouth.
Tully was sponsored to join the crew through Magna's community initiative fund, the Dorchester based housing association offered sponsorship for up to 14, 16 to 25 year olds from the Dorset area who live in Magna properties to join the voyage.
Tully joined 10 trainees on the 5 day voyage who shared 4 hour shifts on the ship learning to drive, tie knots, shift sails, rigg and navigate. Tully commented 'This was a unique experience, it was a holiday for me but I also learned so much and met some new friends. It's not often anyone can say they have sailed a tall ship. I would recommend this trip to everyone, it's an experience not to be missed and I have to thank Magna for giving me this opportunity.'
The trip was part of an exchange voyage between twinned towns of Dorset and Normandy. Whilst in Granville the crew enjoyed the chance to soak up the atmosphere of the Festival des Voiles de Travail (Festival of Sails).
Kevin and Val Waterfall of Sherborne Twinning Society, who sponsored Tully's travel expenses, Deputy Mayor of Weymouth & Portland Kate Wheller and her husband Michael and Dan Rowlandson from Magna Housing joined the ship for the final part of the voyage. In which the Pelican sailed into Weymouth harbour at 10am with the Nothe Fort firing the canon to salute the returning ship dressed in full reenactment gear.
Ken Bodycombe, Magna's community investment officer, said 'We wanted to offer an extraordinary experience to young people who live in our accommodation and hopefully people will read about Tully's adventure and be inspired to join the crew next year.'
Becky Simmons, from Adventure Under Sail, which operates TS Pelican, said 'Tall ship sailing is an active, challenge-based experience involving work in every aspect of traditional sail training whilst living in close quarters on board.
'The beauty is that you don't need any previous sailing experience as the captain and permanent crew will supervise and coordinate the group.
'For Magna to sponsor young people like Tully is fantastic, these opportunities don't come about often and hopefully next year we will see many more Magna residents join the crew.'
If you are a Magna resident and are interested in taking part on one of the 2014 voyages, please contact Ken Bodycombe on 01305 216095 or email firstname.lastname@example.org