Tall order for Welwyn Garden City sailor

PUBLISHED: 16:07 18 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:11 26 October 2009

Officer Cadet Katie Bandy (19) from Welweyn Garden City, a member of Southampton University Officer Training Corps aboard the 'Dasher' in Liverpool's historic Albert Dock. She, along with twelve other crew members from SUOTC sailed the 55ft yacht across the North Sea to Maloy, Norway in the 2008 Tall Ships' Race.
PHOTO BY CHRIS FLETCHER
FOR FURTHER INFO PLEASE RING 07765-20785

Officer Cadet Katie Bandy (19) from Welweyn Garden City, a member of Southampton University Officer Training Corps aboard the 'Dasher' in Liverpool's historic Albert Dock. She, along with twelve other crew members from SUOTC sailed the 55ft yacht across the North Sea to Maloy, Norway in the 2008 Tall Ships' Race. PHOTO BY CHRIS FLETCHER FOR FURTHER INFO PLEASE RING 07765-20785

A TEENAGER from WGC is on a voyage to Norway as part of the 2008 Tall Ships Race. Adventurous former Stanborough School pupil Katie Bandy, 19, is an officer cadet and is currently studying psychology at Southampton University. She is one of 12 crew membe

A TEENAGER from WGC is on a voyage to Norway as part of the 2008 Tall Ships Race.

Adventurous former Stanborough School pupil Katie Bandy, 19, is an officer cadet and is currently studying psychology at Southampton University.

She is one of 12 crew members aboard HM Sail Training Vessel 'Dasher', a 55ft Nicholson yacht operated by the Joint Services Adventurous Sail Training Centre, based in Gosport.

The vessel, skippered by commanding officer, lieutenant colonel Mandy Cran, set sail on July 23.

Before weighing anchor around 70 ships gathered in Liverpool's Albert Dock, and 300,000 spectators thronged the banks of the Mersey to see the intrepid sailors off, before they made their way to the race's starting point near Loch Foyle off the coast of Northern Ireland.

The demanding route takes the crew from Ulster over the northern tip of mainland Scotland, then between the Orkney and Shetland Isles before crossing the North Sea to the finishing point at Maloy on the Norwegian coast.

Before embarking she said: "What I am looking forward to are the sunsets, and the fact that this will be the furthest I will have ever travelled."

But the green sailor did say she was a bit worried about getting green around the gills. Katie is one of the crew members who has virtually no previous sailing experience and said: "I'm a bit scared of being sea sick and there being no showers, but I am determined to see it through.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Welwyn Hatfield Times

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists