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Summer Sizzler

5th Sep 2016 12:00 - 9th Sep 2016 12:00

Join tall ship Pelican at 1200hrs on 5th September in her home port of Weymouth. We will begin by welcoming you on board and familiarising you with the ship before spending your first night on board either at anchor or in the harbour. Enjoy dinner on board, served by the cook, shared with your new crew mates. Whilst on board you will be a trainee crew member. This means you will be involved in all aspects of operating the ship - from pulling on ropes and being on night watch, to helping in the galley and learning to navigate.

The following morning we will depart Weymouth and make our way along Dorset's Jurassic coast and head south towards the Channel Islands.

We will make a stop in Alderney (weather permitting) and you will have an opportunity to run ashore and explore the stunning bays, white sand beaches and hidden coves. You can walk around the island in an afternoon and see the castles there, and we hope you will get to enjoy fantastic September sun while you do so.

The tiny island of Alderney offers those interested in wildlife and the environment great opportunities including the blonde hedgehog which is unique to the area!  Alderney boasts three nature reserves including the marine area to the north west which was designated in 2005.  This RAMSAR site is an important habitat for marine animals and sea birds.  The Longis Nature Reserve has 13 distinct habitats which can be explored on foot and the Vau du Saou is a coastal cliff reserve.  The gannet, Dartford Warbler and a host of migrant songbirds frequent Alderney and pods of dolphins are often seen in the crystal clear waters.

We will then sail across to Normandy where you will be able to soak up the sights and sounds of France. We hope to stop in Cherbourg or somewhere similar (again, weather permitting) for a spot of shopping before setting a course for Weymouth and heading back to the Dorset coast. On the final morning you ca enjoy a ie-in nd brunch served on bard before disembarking at midday on 9th September to make your way home. 

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