Adventures Offshore, Essex Scouts’ offshore sailing activity team, have begun their 2012 sailing season. Their first trip of the year, over the Easter bank holiday weekend, was a training voyage for the scheme’s volunteers.

Five recent recruits passed their initial assessments to join Adventures Offshore as afterguard and are looking forward to sailing during the coming season. This was followed by a weekend with an enthusiastic Explorer Scout unit from Bedfordshire, who all managed to complete their RYA Start Yachting Award and much of the Competent Crew qualification.