Level 2 Diploma in Engineering student Zeno Da Prato was given the opportunity to go sailing around the Solent for his work experience placement. Zeno shared the experience with Seekers Create and the Morning Star Trust, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

VHighbury student Zeno enjoying his sailing work placement

The exchange student said: “What an experience it was! After really feeling the motion of the sea on the first day, day two offered up some perfect sailing conditions as we got our sea legs for the weather yet to come. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to take the helm, what a feeling! Learning how to sail the yacht and the different techniques used to manager her in different weathers was really interesting and I really enjoyed the thrill of tacking.”

Zeno felt he had learned about his strengths, endurance and how to work in a team when faced with the wind and rain at sea.

He said: “I have met some wonderful people and would like to thank Clair at Seekers Create, and Toby & Mary from the Morning Star Trust who have taught me so much and given me many memories. This has been the highlight of my study exchange year in England!”

Highbury College Work Placement Coordinator Adele Wise said: “The Solent sailing opportunity was a fantastic and exciting opportunity that would involve five nights/six days sailing in the Solent, talking to members of sailing clubs and local community folk en route, to hear stories of local areas from past to present.

“Zeno was so excited and although the weather wasn’t the best, he learnt a lot about our beautiful coastal area, met and worked with university student crew to sail the ship and share the cooking and washing up chores. The mayor was there to meet them when they arrived back at Portsmouth, so he got to see local dignitaries too!”

Zeno added: “A final big thank you to the engineering lecturers for allowing me to take part and the work experience team for arranging the experience.”

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  • Date 02/08/2021