What an exciting day we had on Tuesday with the amazing British Sailor Hannah Diamond at Witham Hall School!
Team Mintridge had a great day planned for the students at Witham Hall School, as they were going to hear all about Hannah Diamond’s journey into sailing and the challenges she faces on a daily basis during her life as a professional sailor.
After hearing all about what it takes to take on the ocean and the work she has to put in to make her life as a professional sailor a reality, the students asked some amazing questions and were extremely intrigued to hear all about life in and outside of sailing and Hannah’s time and experiences on the water. Some of the best questions were:
What was the first boat you sailed in?
What has been your worst injury?
How many times do you think you’ve crashed your boat?
Do you think you would have found your love of sailing if your parents didn’t do it?
Do you have to sail at night?
Can you capsize your boat at night?
Did you know how much kit is needed to survive in a sailing boat for weeks on end? We didn’t either! What was more interesting was finding out how difficult it is to get the kit on and off! The students at Witham got to try first-hand how hard it is to put the kit on and get it off again in quick time. Imagine doing this at sea when moving up and down on the boat!All the students got to post their aspirations and key takeaways in the Mintridge golden post box and left the session with a signed autograph card from Hannah and a group photograph with their classmates!
It was so amazing to hear all the questions and the student’s interest in Hannah’s sailing journey and the challenges she has overcome in the process. With a room full of sailors, it was certainly a perfect afternoon for those that were already sailing on a regular basis.
If you would like to see the photos from our day, please contact the staff at Witham Hall School. You can see the video from the day at our YouTube channel via this link: https://youtu.be/CxbME_rAbLI
Thank you to the staff and students at Witham Hall School. We look forward to working with you again soon.