Two Girl Guides from Burnley are taking on the challenge of a lifetime this week as part of a sailing crew aboard a 72ft. Challenger yacht.
Rachel Dooley and Georgina Cambridge, both 16, are part of a 26-strong team from around the UK sailing with the Tall Ships Youth Trust in Portsmouth.
The girls, who are members of the senior section at Cliviger Guides and have never sailed before, chose the event as part of their Queen’s Guide Award – Girl Guiding’s highest accolade.
They will spend seven days aboard the vessel, sailing the Portsmouth coastline and across to the Channel Islands.
For the trip they have had to raise £1,100 each with £300 donated from Lancashire County Council. They held their own fund-raising events to help with the costs.
Rachel has just left St Christopher’s High School, Accrington, while Georgina has finished her studies at St Wilfrid’s, Blackburn. Both girls plan to go to sixth form in September.
Rachel’s mum Julia, a Guide leader at Cliviger, said: “They’ve never sailed before so it will be challenging. They have to do everything on the ship. If they are not sailing they will be part of the crew and will be sleeping in little bunk beds with a hammock. It will be hard work but they are looking forward to it.”
Julia is appealing for more girls, aged 14 and over to join the senior section and Rachel has designed a badge for Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and senior section to complete which will raise money for Girl Guiding locally.
For more information contact Julia on 01282 436123 or look on the East Lancs Girl Guiding website.