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(Story from Business Link East Midlands)

A relay-style sailing adventure around the UK coastline will begin on 30 August as part of an initiative to improve youth development, social mobility and life expectancy in Newark and Sherwood.

YMCA Newark & Sherwood has joined forces with Tall Ships Youth Trust to host 80 community members in a bid to raise money for its £13m Community and Activity Village to be based in Newark, Nottinghamshire.

The voyage will comprise eight legs with a different crew for each, made up of 80 local community members of Newark and Sherwood. They will include school children, scouts, CEOs as well as Not Employed, in Education or Training (NEET) individuals. They will get the full experience – eating and sleeping onboard and learning to sail – for between four and eight days straight. Individuals on the ship will also be vlogging the voyage as it happens and celebrating with other local YMCAs as each new crew navigates the waves in different cities.

Richard Leaman-Grey, CEO of Tall Ships Youth Trust, said: “We are delighted to be working with YMCA on this exciting project. The trip offers people from all backgrounds who represent the Newark and Sherwood community the opportunity to set sail on the adventure of a lifetime, while raising money to make a difference for their community. We play a crucial role in giving these youngsters the right support to believe in themselves, to get jobs, and lead fulfilled lives.”

50 young people from all over Ireland head off on a ten-day voyage in August aboard three Tall Ships, the Pelican of London, Maybe and Brian Boru. The participants were offered the amazing opportunity to become trainees on a tall ship to experience an exciting voyage leaving Dublin on the 13th August, visiting Wales and finishing up in Cork on the 23rd August. This opportunity was made possible by funding support from the Government of Ireland through the Department of Defence, Dublin City Council and Dublin Port Company.

This is the inaugural Asgard Armada Sail Training Voyage. The project will see twenty-eight 15-17-year olds and twenty-two 18-30-year-olds from all backgrounds and abilities becoming trainee crew members aboard the ships. Skills such as communication, leadership, confidence and teamwork are all developed when onboard a sail training vessel. A key aim is to see a percentage of trainees progressing onto mentoring roles, new employment and other training opportunities.

Trainees were selected by nominating organisations currently working with young people throughout the country, such as the HSE, Cork Life Centre, Educational Training Boards, Manor St John Youth Services, Irish National Organisation for the Unemployed, Foroige, Peter McVerry Trust, Youth Reach, Scouts and Girl Guides.

“We are delighted that this project involves the three ships sailing in convoy, which adds to the adventure for trainees. It is fantastic to provide this opportunity to young people who may not otherwise have had a chance like this” Daragh Sheridan, CEO of Sail Training Ireland. 2 of the ships, Pelican and Maybe, are UK Sail Training vessels and members of the ASTO fleet. The voyage is named after previous Irish Sail Training vessel Asgard II. 

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Young Scotsman, Lewis Haig, has been named as the recipient of the RYA Yachtmaster™ of the Year award 2018, for his exceptional demonstration of sailing skills during his RYA Yachtmaster™ certificate of competence exam.

19-year-old, Lewis was presented with the prestigious trophy by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, President of the RYA, earlier today (Tuesday 16 July), at the Royal Institute of Navigation, AGM and Annual Meeting, in London.

Speaking after the presentation, Lewis commented: “I still can’t believe it, considering that just two years ago my knowledge of boats and sailing was practically nothing. To have been chosen as RYA Yachtmaster™ of the Year is absolutely incredible and a huge honour. I never anticipated achieving something like this.”

RYA Director of Training and Qualifications, Richard Falk, said: “This is an outstanding achievement and one Lewis should be very proud of. There were more than 3,000 people who undertook the exam for the RYA Yachtmaster™ certificate of competence last year - the calibre was extremely high - but Lewis’ remarkable skills, knowledge and enthusiasm shone through.”

The first time Lewis set foot on a boat was through a school trip with ASTO member Ocean Youth Trust Scotland. It sparked a love of sailing and a long-term career path that he never saw coming. Lewis continued sailing with OYT, volunteering and eventually going on to gain a place on their cadet training programme in 2017. He then worked his way up through the RYA Yachtmaster™ scheme, achieving his RYA Day Skipper and RYA Coastal Skipper qualifications, before sitting his exam for RYA Yachtmaster™ Sail in October 2018.

Lewis was able to complete his training courses with funding from the Trinity House bursary. He was also selected to take part in the International Exchange in 2018, sailing for two weeks on board the Australian Tall Ship Young Endeavour. Both the bursary and the exchange are administered by ASTO. 

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On the afternoon of Friday 26 July 2019, the Island Trust were honoured to welcome HRH The Princess Royal to Plymouth Yacht Haven marina to celebrate the addition of Johanna Lucretia to their small fleet of youth sail training boats. HRH The Princess Royal is President of the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and Patron of the RYA Foundation.

Her Royal Highness was accompanied by the Deputy Lieutenant of Devon, Rear Admiral Chris Snow CBE DL, and upon arrival he presented Her Royal Highness to the High Sheriff of Devon Captain Simon Martin; the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Plymouth, Councillor Richard Ball and Mrs Dianne Ball; Mr Leon Ward of the Royal Yachting Association; Chief Executive of Plymouth City Council Mrs Tracey Lee; and Mr Dick Lloyd, founding Trustee of The Island Trust. Dick Lloyd then introduced his fellow Trustees.

Her Royal Highness was escorted by Dick Lloyd to the pontoon to meet operations manager Tom Walker and Ocean Discoverability project manager John Hepburn. Tom invited Her Royal Highness to board each of the boats, all three looking stunning dressed overall, where she met the team of skippers and mates, and the young trainees who had just returned from a week’s sailing. Her Royal Highness spent time talking to the crews, and was interested in everyone and everything.

Afterwards, Her Royal Highness attended a reception at The Bridge bar and restaurant, overlooking the marina, where she met guests and was invited by Simon Dobson, Chairman of the Trustees, to unveil a plaque to welcome Johanna Lucretia to the fleet. Emily from Cann Bridge School presented Her Royal Highness with a posy, and Adrie and Jeremy Burnett gave a book on the yacht designs of their late son, Ed Burnett. The book contains details of the design of Pegasus by him as well as the Gloriana, which Ed helped design as the Queen’s rowbarge for the celebration of the The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Ed was also one of the 18 rowers on board when it led the Jubilee Parade down the Thames. Both Adrie and Jeremy are keen sailors and have owned a chandlery business in Falmouth.
Dick Lloyd, founding Trustee said “In the forty six years since my wife Judy and I started this charity we have introduced thousands of young people to the benefits, enjoyment and adventure of sailing, which is an ideal platform for improving confidence and motivation. Funding our work is always a challenge but we firmly believe that our young sailors are worth the investment and we are grateful for the support of our donors. This visit recognises the importance of our work with the next generation of young sailors and custodians of the sea. It was a truly incredible afternoon and perfect weather for such an occasion”.

ASTO's chairman James Stevens was delighted to be present at the event, and ASTO wishes the Island Trust many more years of successful Sail Training.

Coast Guard Tall Ship Eagle to Arrive in Portsmouth, England
– Public Invited to Take Free Tours –
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Image Lucy Grodie from ASTO (UK Sail Training) hoisting the British courtesy flag.

The Coast Guard Tall Ship Eagle, “America’s Tall Ship,” is scheduled to arrive in Portsmouth, England on April 26, 2019 at 11am. Eagle will moor up for 05 days at South Railway Jetty and will be open for free public tours on Saturday, 27 April and Sunday, 28 April. South Railway Jetty is located at Portsmouth Harbor.

Barque Eagle will be open for free public tours on the following dates and times:

• Saturday, April 27: 1000 - 1200 for first responders, military, and government officials; 1100 - 1900 for the public
• Sunday, April 28: 1000 - 1200 for first responders, military, and government officials; 1000 - 1900 for the public

At 90 meters (295 feet) in length, Eagle is the largest tall ship flying the stars and stripes and the only active square-rigger in United States government service. Constructed in 1936 by the Blohm and Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, and originally commissioned as the Horst Wessel by the German Navy, Eagle was a war reparation for the United States following World War II. Eagle is a three-masted barque with more than 6,797 square meters (22,300 square feet) of sail and 9.7 kilometers (6 miles) of rigging, Eagle has served as a classroom at sea to future Coast Guard officers since 1946, offering an at-sea leadership and professional development experience as part of the Coast Guard Academy and Officer Candidate School curriculum.

 

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