Sea Stories - a Monthly Creative Writing Challenge hosted on Sea, Earth, Sky

Sea Stories: May

Time for May’s Sea Story challenge! How did you all get on with April’s challenge? This month I’m going to mix things up a bit, adding an extra dimension to the writing challenge (who doesn’t like a challenge?).

The theme for the month is Harbour Master.  For an added challenge, make your piece of writing a poem no longer than six lines and try and tell a story in those lines (or do whatever you wish!).

“A harbourmaster is an official responsible for enforcing the regulations of a particular harbour or port, in order to ensure the safety of navigation, the security of the harbour and the correct operation of the port facilities.”

As always, tag your pieces with Sea Stories!

UKSA: Week Six

I’m not quite sure how we’ve got to week SIX already – nearly half way through!

It’s been another busy week. We’re still in the thick of windsurfing, although there’s now less than a week until our instructor course begins. The week has been mixed again with lighter and stronger winds, including some challenging days and conditions, and tricky offshore breezes to deal with. This has led to some frustrating days, with things sometimes feeling like one step forward and two back, and it’s been a mentally challenging week. But we’re slowly making our way Once again we’ve had more theoiry days, including begin to prepare presentations for our instructor course.

Once again we’ve had more theory days, including begin to prepare presentations for our instructor course, as well as a CV/careers day, getting our CVs ready and beginning to think about applying for jobs. 

So it’s all go! A day off today – time to recharge and get ready for the week ahead.


Seaweed (Sea Stories)

it moves through the water like a monster

a dark mass under the surface

seen from the shore, an ominous sight

it weaves through the water

clinging to a rock, swaying

as the tide moves it in

and out, away from the shore

until it disappears from sight.


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UKSA: Week Five

Well, it’s been an up and down week, plagued by light winds and injuries! On Sunday, I hurt my knee, which was still painful Monday morning. Consequently, I decided to sit out Monday and spent the day back at base, resting my knee and feeling a little sorry for myself. Tuesday, was still a bit sore but got back out on the water, which was great.

All seemed to be going well on Wednesday – we learned how to rig up our intermediate sails and then headed down to the water after lunch, only for me to get my hand trapped between two mast pieces (it was incredibly stupid and difficult to describe just how I did it). Had to sit in the van with an ice pack on my hand, and in the end had to sit out the afternoon sailing session, which sucked. Left with a lovely blood blister on my hand – ouch! Luckily, it’s almost gone now and doesn’t really hurt anymore.

Thursday ended up being a theory day, learning about different types of boards and sails, and although we went down to the beach, we didn’t go out. Friday, we finally got out on the water again with the intermediate sails. It was another light wind day, but it was good to get out and practice a few manoeuvres and play around with the sails, which are so much better than the training rigs! So finally back on track, and hopefully things will continue to keep moving in the right direction – no more injuries! And more wind! Saturday was another light wind day, although te morning seemed pretty hopeful, and we continued playing around with the sails and

Saturday was another light wind day, although the morning seemed pretty hopeful, and we continued playing around with the sails and manoeuvres. The wind died completely by mid-afternoon, however, and we weren’t able to do much. Due to the lack of wind, Sunday was a theory day, so a frustrating way to end the week, but good to get through a lot of the theory and go over things. So a bit of an up and down week – we’re nearly half way through our windsurfing, which is madness (excluding the instructor course). On to the next week – despite the ups and downs, it really is noticable how much you improve doing something in a solid block, rather than bits every now and again.

UKSA: Week Four

Week four already – where has the time gone? I can’t believe that I’ve been here a month already, we’ve crammed a lot in and we’re a third of the way through. This week has been another busy one, with the end of our kayaking, including the Two Star assessment and our Foundation Safety Rescue Training, which was all about learning to rescue people from capsized kayaks and canoes. We also had an evening pool session in the kayaks, which was a little nerve-wracking as I’m not particularly confident at going over in a kayak, especially with a spray deck on. I managed to have a few go’s though at going over, so I was pleased with that!

Wednesday, we had our First Aid course, another jam-packed day with everything from learning CPR to how to deal with nosebleeds and cold water shock – and much more. We also had our online safeguarding course to complete this week as well.

After that, I headed home for a couple of days, sadly for a funeral, but it was nice to pop home and catch up with various people before heading back to Cowes on Good Friday. It was peculiar to leave the island and the small bubble and go back to the mainland, which just seemed so different. Nice to get back and see the blossom and the bluebells.


Saturday was the start of our windsurfing, and our first day we had some good wind. It was good to get back on the board and out on the water again and it was a great first day. Today (Easter Sunday) is back to it – listening to a Radio 4 Easter service before heading down to the beach for a windsurfing session (and the sun is shining) – what could be a better way to spend the day?

UKSA: Week Three

Week three and the WIT (watersports instructor training) properly starts this week. We kicked off with an induction (and two new members to the group!) and a careers talk (the first “careers” talk in my life where I haven’t got made or anxious haha perhaps I am doing the right thing. …), as well as being presented with a stack of reading material, before heading out on the water, taking a powerboat out the river onto the seafront to see some of the sailing spots. Started reading up on the VHF radio stuff, as well as learning the phonetic alphabet – word association is the way to go for this with me, so lots of random associations memorised.  

Well, it was a busy week with some long days but successfully completed the VHF short range radio course (and successfully learned the phonetic alphabet), as well as a two day Level 2 Powerboat course, which was great fun and included a bit of high speed, some navigation, and a trip across the Solent. After that, we were onto kayaking and canoeing, in preparation for our 2 Star Kayak assessment today (Monday). So lots of pack in, but we’ve had some gorgeous weather with barely any wind, which has made it perfect for being in kayaks. 

Many of the girls that I arrived with, who were doing a different course, have all left now. I can’t believe that three weeks have passed already, it’s flying by. The site has been full this weekend, with all sorts of groups, from an orchestra, to a rugby club, so it’s been pretty busy around here, as well as lots of new instructors arriving for the season. Things are only going to get busier! 

Onto another week!

Sea Stories - a Monthly Creative Writing Challenge hosted on Sea, Earth, Sky

Sea Stories: April 

Sea Stories has been a little quiet recently, but with the changing of the clocks and the beginning, finally, of Spring, it’s time to kick off the writing challenges again. 

So, without further ado, let’s crack on with the theme for April. 


We eat it, we cook it, we make art with it. It washes up on shore, it wraps about ropes and gets caught on your shoes. Using the prompt as a starting point, write a short piece or a poem – or whatever you fancy. Let it take you wherever you want! 

Some pictures to inspire you: 

Just a few to get you going! 

Please make sure to link to your pieces in the comments, and don’t forget to use the tag, Sea Stories. I look forward to reading your pieces. 

I See You

Spring is round the corner

There’s an itch in my fingertips

The smell in the air.

I anticipate.

I wait.

I long for it.

But the wind and rain rage

At my window, rattle

The glass and it feels like

It’s slipping away again out of sight.

The primroses, the daffodils

Are still in sight

And I hold on.

UKSA: Week Two 


Spring is really here! The days are finally longer and today was absolutely gorgeous. It nearly felt a little like summer, with the sun out all day. Winsurfing was absolutely gorgeous out at a local little bay. 

i’m not going to lie, it was a bit of a rocky start, getting back into windsurfing, but after lunch it finally all clicked again and it was a really fantastic afternoon. So great to be out again and I’m excited for another day tomorrow! 


Not so sunny today, but still a glorious day for windsurfing. Today was an even better day than yesterday and everthing about the windsurfing felt great from the moment go, and I was delighted! Spent the morning praticing steering and just having a sail, then after lunch praticed sailing an upwind zig zag course, which was great. Also praticed a few gybes and tacks, which was also great. I love gybing, haha. Another successful day out on the water! 


Another day of windsurfing! We spent the morning doing some theory – talking about wind, tides, and sails, and all of that, before heading down to the beach after lunch. Pretty gentle conditions, although some quite intense gusts! Continued praticing an upwind course, as well as gybing! Another great day on the water. 


The weather today was absolutely gorgeous. The winds were very light, but this was good for praticing technique and nailing those moves. After lunch, the wind had died down even more, but we sailed across the bay and  had a go at beach starts, which was great fun. The water was so calm it was almost like a mill pond! Things are starting to become more natural and I’m aching less now! Still, another very early night. 


A gloomy start to the day, although it’s a gloriously peaceful evening on the estuary now. Today was a little frustrating in some respects, because the wind was stronger than it has been and it was quite gusty, but by the end of the day it felt a lot better and I was beginning to master those fast tacks and things were going a little better! The sun was out too and so it was a lovely day! 


Last day of windsurfing and an absolutely gorgeous day. Fewer big gusts than yesterday so it was a little more managable and less frustrating! Yesterday was just one of those days, and today was so much better. We continued practicing gybes and tacks – finally got my head round the fast tack, so many steps, it took a while to come together in my head, but after some continual practice it finally made sense and I cracked it (even if it’s not perfect yet!!). We also pratcitced sailing a triangluar course and enjoyed the sunshine with a bit of fun too. A great way to finish six days of windsurfing! 


This morning, we took some kayaks down the river. Absolutely gorgeous day, and the wind had nearly completely died. A lovely paddle, then back for lunch. A chilled out afternoon, so walked down into Cowes and along to the beach, to enjoy the sunshine. 

The course properly starts tomorrow – I can’t believe that I’ve already been here two weeks! It’s flying by, but the hard work starts properly now. Looking forward to getting properly started, feel settled in now, and into the swing of things, and greatly enjoying this new way of life – plus, I feel like I’ve done more productive writing since I’ve been here than I have done in months. It was just the change and motivation I needed! Onwards then…