Five St David’s College pupils decided to try something different for their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Expedition section. Anna, Elin, Anita, James and Laurence all opted to learn to live aboard and sail a yacht around the coastal areas of North Wales. After a busy evening of shopping and getting to know the boat the team settled in for an early start the following morning. After some mulling over charts and weather forecasts it was decided to set sail towards Point Linus to end in Holyhead for the evening, however like so many times during sailing voyages the wind had changed angle and we spent the morning bashing into lumpy seas and a headwind. The crew bravely got to grips with their new bouncing environment and warding off some sea sickness took it in turns to take the helm and handle the sails. A stop on a mooring buoy in Moelfre for lunch and Plan B was initiated. The route to Holyhead would be more of the same rough weather. Turning around downwind the boat levelled off and a pleasant sail took us to Menai Bridge. Timing the tides just right we motored through the notorious Swellies in flat calm waters. An overnight stay on a mooring buoy outside Port Dinorwic and an early sunrise start to catch the best tide to return through the Swellies. Bacon butties and coffee were the order of the morning and the seals at Puffin Island gave us a show. Lots of practicing of tacking and jibing really honed the crews skills as we started back towards Conwy Marina to hide from the approaching Storm Ophelia! A beautiful but eery morning greeted us as we finished off packing and tidying the boat away. Storm Ophelia hit later that day and all the crew were glad to be back on land having had an amazing training voyage. All the pupils learnt a host of new skills and knots, completing not only their D of E Training Expedition but gaining their RYA Start Yachting Certificates also. Well done to a brilliant crew and we look forward to sailing again for your assessment.