Our new Charity of the Year, the Tall Ships Youth Trust, is offering race weekends for groups in 2023.
The trust, which runs 72ft yachts, is inviting sailing clubs, schools, colleges and other youth organisations to compete in its Challenger Championships.
The trust says: “Sailing onboard an iconic 72ft Challenger yacht, your group will take part in an exciting and competitive race, with a ‘Le Mans’ style start.
“Out on the ocean, the young people will become an integral part of the crew and get involved in all aspects of running the vessel. This includes ropework, sail handling and even taking to the helm.
“Working together onboard to overcome common challenges, young people develop resilience, self-esteem and life skills, which they can take back to their communities and thrive.
“We have exciting race weekend opportunities for groups in 2023, so why not challenge your rivals to a friendly competition, while supporting your young people’s personal development?”
Those interested should get in touch with Diana Bunescu at email@example.com or call 02392 832055.
Meanwhile TSYT volunteer watch leader Martha Kneebone, aged 19, pictured, has been awarded bursary funding from ASTO (Association Of Sail Training Organisations) and Trinity House to enable her to complete a number of maritime qualifications.
The bursary will cover the cost of all practical and theory-based training for the qualifications, including the RYA Coastal Skipper and the RYA Yachtmaster (Coastal).
Martha first sailed with TSYT in 2019 as a youth crew member, before being asked to come back and train as a volunteer watch leader. Since then, she has built up more than 3,000 nautical miles and recently sailed across the Bay of Biscay for the first time.
Martha, said: “I’m very grateful to ASTO and Trinity House for the support and I’m looking forward to taking these next steps.
“I’m most excited about the opportunities this will open up for me and of course doing lots more voyages with TSYT to build up my experience and help even more young people.”
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