Unwavering dedication of volunteers' vessel
The volunteers of Ocean Youth Trust Scotland have a new boat thanks to patrons Barbara and Curly Mills.
Talking of the new vessel at its naming ceremony today, Nick Fleming and Dominic McKay agreed that Alba Volunteer was a fitting name, highlighting the unwavering dedication of the Trust's Patrons and its volunteers to inspiring young people through adventure under sail.
Newly elected Chairman Dominic McKay commented, "I am delighted to be taking over as Chairman of Ocean Youth Trust Scotland at such an exciting time for the organisation. Past Chairman Malcolm MacArthur, the board, staff and volunteers have done a great job in the recent years to grow and develop the charity and this new boat signals our desire to expand our offering for young people.
"I first sailed with Ocean Youth Club, our predecessor organisation in 1992 and remember when, through Barbara and Curly's initial support, we were able to purchase Alba Venturer our first Sail Training vessel dedicated to young Scots. Since then 7,500 young people have been inspired to put to sea with us. Their continued support and that of all our partners is greatly appreciated."
Nick Fleming, the Trust's Chief Executive said, "In 2013 our 276 volunteers will have the opportunity to expand their sailing skills and experience. It's these skills and the ability to work with young people that are needed to lead our voyages in a spirit of fun and adventure. I know that all our volunteers send their thanks to Barbara and Curly for this magnificent gift."
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr and Mrs Mills, from Fife, said, "We are very proud to be associated with this superb organisation. We recognise that it needs trained volunteers and financial support to do the marvellous work that it does, so would encourage others to help too."
Alba Volunteer, the fourth boat in the Trust's fleet is expected to sail 3,500 nautical miles annually, carrying up to six people at a time. 106 are already booked for training courses or have chartered the boat so as to build their command experience.
The naming ceremony at Largs Yacht Haven was attended by 50 guests including OYT Scotland members, volunteers, Mr and Mrs Mills, Trust Ambassador Boyd Tunnock CBE, Carolyn Elder, Director of Largs Yacht Haven and Scottish Sailing Institute, Peter Braidwood of sportscotland National Centre Cumbrae, Barry Fisher, Director of Duke of Edinburgh Award Scotland and Admiral Sir John Kerr.