Third Year and Land Rover BAR Academy

Third year has always had so much stigma around it, everyone talks about it as the year where the real hard work starts and you have to knuckle down.

I couldn’t agree more.

The lecturers always seem to ease us in- a way of preparing us for the struggles arising in the later months. As dissertation season approaches, I am spending ridiculous hours between the library and the gym (one of the only places I can fully relax!).

Thank god I love my course! For those looking to progress into the shipping world, Plymouth has to be the only university offering a serious chance at achieving this. Last week we had a top London broker visit to deliver a talk on the Baltic Dry Index. The talk turned out to be a real eye opener about the challenges that lie ahead with finding jobs in the city.

Our module lecturers have great processes in place to help us get a jump ahead of other applicants, for example we had a trip to the IMO (international Maritime Organisation) two weeks ago, again helping to outline the dynamics and requirements of the industry.

credit: Ian Martin and Lloyd Images

credit: Ian Martin and Lloyd Images

At the end of the month I’m set to fly to Australia for the final act of the Extreme Sailing Series, which is taking place in front of the Sydney Opera house.  The act is a real test to show how a year of hard work for the team has started to pay off. Land Rover BAR academy was set up to find the next generation of Americas Cup Sailors and at the start of the cycle we spent a lot of time going through rigorous testing. This allowed the coaches to see where we could make the biggest gains in the gym. For the last couple of months we have been progressing through our training planners to put us in a position that will make us able to compete against the other teams. Notably the other teams have many well-established sailors, such as Pete Greenhaigh who has been competing in the series since it began. With such a field of experience to compete against, fitness is one of the main areas where we can improve on the competition. Everyone on board is under the age of 23. Comparatively, we are the youngest team and with our fitness it means were a lot less likely to tire quickly and so can put in great events.

credit: Ian Martin and Lloyd Images

credit: Ian Martin and Lloyd Images

Maritime culture is deeply ingrained in Plymouth as a city, for students looking to pursue sailing as a hobby or as a professional sport, definitely consider studying here. With the uni yacht club and sailing club offering coaching and a chance to race at events such as BUCS and the Yacht nationals (based in the solent), it’s a great opportunity that shouldn’t be missed. 

credit: Ian Martin and Lloyd Images

credit: Ian Martin and Lloyd Images