Cowes Small Ships Voyage/Race 2018

Every time I step onto an Island Trust boat, every time I sense the presence of the ocean all around me, hear the voice of the skipper, see the faces of my future crewmates – all a little shy, but visibly glowing with excitement and the wild sea breeze – every time, I feel like I’ve come home.

Note: all photos are either by my friend Izzi or The Island Trust, unless otherwise stated 🙂

It’s been an intense week, starting in Plymouth and sailing down to the Isle of Wight to take part in the Cowes Small Ships Race. We spent the eight days onboard Pegasus soaked to the skin, freezing cold, flying across the waves at ten knots with our guard rail in the water, miles from land and battered by the elements. And yet it’s been the best week of my life because, in the midst of all that, I’ve found purpose, true friendship, exhilaration and strength I never knew I had. This experience has made me feel lucky to be alive.

This voyage has only fueled my love for sailing and strengthened my wish to share my experience and all its many benefits with others. Thanks to the inspiration and encouragement provided by the crew, my new friends and personally feeling the effects that voyages like these have, I now have an even greater desire to pursue a future in sail training.


We came ninth outta twenty-three overall, but got awards for Best On Parade and Youngest Crew.


23 thoughts on “Cowes Small Ships Voyage/Race 2018

  1. Well done everyone on board. It looks like you had an awesome adventure. Ninth is an amazing achievement, many congratulations. It’s wonderful you get so much pleasure from sailing. Here’s to many many more adventures. Lots of love xxx

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  2. Gracie I’m so pleased you did a blog and with all the pictures.They are amazing..What a great crew they look really good.I am so pleased you’ve made good friends with them.I’m so proud of both you and Evans achievement .I am sure you are already planning your next trip.Well done xxxxx

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  3. It, haven’t taken you long to get absolutely hooked on sailing, has it.
    When did you first step aboard a sail boat?
    I was much the same, we moved from the Kennet and Avon canal, to the river Medway, I bought a sailing dingy and never looked back, sailing became my passion, and I am now stagnating so I will buy another sailing boat (when I have the money and stop tearing my hair out from the frustration!)
    But I have one sanity resumer, cycling.
    Did you receive my Email, it has been playing up lately and soonly to!
    Take care, Gracie.

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