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Neil Riches

Updated Fri, 12/9/2014 13:55. by Chris Gray

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Lucy's Uganda Trip

After my 24 hour journey to Uganda, I finally landed in Entebbe We were met by our leader, Steph who would be with us the whole of the trip. We was shown to our transport which was a huge truck, it was amazing. We arrived at our first destination which was a back packer’s hostel in which we would stay at for our first to night to get everything prepared for the rest of the trip. All the food was made in the truck and wasn’t very different to what we had back home except fresher fruit etc. We all slept in tents and had a partner who we would be sharing them with for the rest of the trip.

The next day, we set off on our 6 hour journey to ‘The Hairy Lemon Island Camp’, where we would stay for part of our journey and walk to where we started our community/school project. To get to this island, we would have to have around a 3 minute boat journey from one side of the river to another. We had to cross the River Nile which had a very strong current at one part but the other parts were very calm. When we arrived there, we saw all red-tailed monkeys playing up in the trees. Everything was very eco-friendly including the solar power, a water wheel and self-composting toilets. The next day we set off into the village, taking in all our surroundings. The children always had massive smiles on their faces and would run up to you and ask for a high-five. When we arrived at the school, we were greeted by one of the teachers and the headmaster. All the children were shy at first but soon were eager to get involved in helping to show us their school. We walked to the water pump to collect water in some tanks but ended up staying there for longer than expected to play with the children. The local church/school was only next door, so we went and said hello. A massive group photo was taken but we had to leave so we could get on with helping to build the school. We done this for 3 days and by the time we left, we had helped clear the floor from dust/sand, get rid of the left over cement on the walls and cover them up with more cement to fill in the cracks. When we went back to collect the tools in the truck, all the children and teachers were waiting in a massive group to wish us good luck on the rest of our journey.

The rest of the 2 weeks consisted of a lot of traveling and helping the local people. We went to places such as ‘Murchison Falls National Park’ and a Rhino Sanctuary. We stayed at both. When we stayed at the Rhino sanctuary, we were in the middle of a fenced off section where the rhinos would keep coming up to fence and eating the grass. We also went on a night walk in the pitch black with no torches and we weren’t aloud any communication with each other, I didn’t enjoy this very much. When we stayed at Murchison Falls, we went on a boat trip for 3 hours, we saw the waterfall and got as close as we were aloud as the current was extremely strong.

Thank you to everyone who supported me on this huge adventure. It was absolutely amazing and I don’t think nothing could beat it in the future. Thank you for all the donations and good lucks, they all helped me through the struggle of raising the money and finally getting to take part on this journey. 

Lucy X

 


RYA Update

YOUNG POWERBOATERS WIN THROUGH TO NATIONAL FINAL

Two young powerboaters from the Eastern Region are heading for the national final of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship after winning the regional finals at the Island Yacht Club, Canvey Island, on 19 July 2014.

The Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship is a National Championship open to RYA clubs, organisations and training centres where 8 - 16 year old (RIB) drivers can demonstrate their skills with the goal of winning their club a brand new Highfield 460 or a Honwave T40.

The event saw 20 finalists from four regional heats do battle, with the winners in two age groups, 8-12 and 13-16, going through to the national final held at the PSP Southampton Boat Show in September. There they will be up against against other regional finalists from across the UK.

In the 8-12 age group Ben Hall (11) from Grafham Water Sailing Club took the victory, with James Cummerson (11) from the same club in second and Max Robinson (12) of Fishers Green Sailing Club third.

Ben, from Great Cambourne, has been sailing for six year after following his parents into the sport, but hadn’t previously entered this event. He said: ”The day went really well. I was stunned at winning, and it’s amazing that I’m going to Southampton.”

In the 13-16 age group Chris Gladwin (15) from Fishers Green Sailing club took top spot on the podium, with Beau Bidwell (13) from the same club second and Phoebe Hawkins (15) from host Island Yacht Club in third.

Beau looked set to win the group after beating Chris’ time by less than a second in the first round, but Chris fought back in the second round to take victory by just three seconds.

Chris, from Enfield, has been sailing for eight years since trying it on a family holiday and has entered the event several times. He said: “I didn’t think I’d won. It’s been my dream to go to Southampton, and now I’m going!”

Tom Busfield, the Honda RYA Youth Rib Championships event manager said: “On the day there was thunder and lightening all around the horizon, but fortunately we were spared the bad weather. We had lots of cheering and applause from a very vocal crowd and Steve Curtis, who in previous years twice won the event to take two boats for his club, was there to lend support to the competitors.”

Nigel Mower, RYA Eastern Region co-ordinator for the event, said: “It was a great day, and many thanks go to Island Yacht Club for a great venue and a wonderfully warm reception. I was reliving the event all the way home in the car. Tom made it a well organized, fun event, and now the focus is on getting reading for the final in Southampton.”

Stephen Morris, Head of Power Equipment for Honda (UK) comments:

“We are delighted to continue our long and successful partnership with the RYA in supporting the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship, and to be bringing on board our new boatbuilder partner, Highfield, for the 2014 competition. Both Honda and Highfield are only too pleased to support the RYA in its efforts to inspire and encourage young people to develop their skills and to promote safe and responsible boating through this unique championship.”

Thanks to Championship sponsors Honda and Highfield.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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