Sea fun for Withycombe youngsters at end of the Rainbow
PUBLISHED: 16:30 21 July 2015
The waters around Exmouth came under the close watch of Withycombe Rainbows when the youngsters teamed up with the town’s National Coastwatch volunteers.
Manning the seafront watch tower and looking for possible dangers at sea were some of the duties taken on by the girls, who are working towards their Fastnet Challenge badge, while another group was given the chance to sail in a boat.
The girls have taken part in a variety of challenges this term in order to earn their badge.
These include learning sea shanties with the Shanty Men, designing their own waterproof clothing and making pottery lighthouses with Joy Davis.
Rainbow leader Fran Mewse said: “The girls had a fantastic time and we are very grateful to the volunteers at Coastwatch for taking the time to show the girls what they do, and also to Doc Martin and his wife for taking the girls out on his boat.”
Pippa Walker, aged seven, from 1st Withycombe Rainbows went out on the rigid inflatable boat. She said: “I was frightened at first. When we started going fast, it was so exciting I forgot I was frightened. I loved it.”
The badge challenge has been put together to raise money for a team of young women from Girlguiding South West England, who, for the first time ever, are entering this year’s 90th Rolex Fastnet Race.
The Exmouth Division of Girlguiding is always on the lookout for new members.
● If you are interested in volunteering or have a young person who is interested in joining, visit www.girlguiding.org.uk/interested or contact ExmouthGuiding_PRA@outlook.com
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