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The Jubilee Sailing Trust and Barclays employees from across the UK have joined forces to embark on an extraordinary event; to voyage round Great Britain aboard Lord Nelson, one of only two fully accessible tall ships in the world.

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In total over 400 people, comprising Barclays employees and disabled or disadvantaged people, will be joining the ship’s permanent crew for 11 voyages over a two month period.

The event programme aims to not only provide a life-changing experience for all participants, but to create community-level opportunities to promote accessible services, digital skills and inclusive employment thanks to a parallel series of in-port events linking with Local Authority and Corporate partners.

The first-of-its-kind voyage has been a huge logistical undertaking, bringing together hundreds of people across the country, and dozens of community and charity groups, to help deliver the bold ambition of a “round Britain” relay, aiming to change perceptions of disability and bring together the communities in which Barclays operates.

Island Trust trustee, Conrad Humphreys is pleased to have purchased (from Windfall Films) Bounty’s End, the replica 23 foot wooden vessel that was used in the current Channel 4 series, Mutiny. As a professional skipper, Conrad was the sailing master for the hit TV show.

Conrad is keen to create a “living history” legacy project, whereby young people will have the opportunity to sail in the boat and experience some of what it entailed to be part of this incredible historical programme, following in the footsteps of Captain Bligh.

The Bounty Project will see an exciting and inspiring collaboration between Conrad and The Island Trust to support young and disadvantaged people with life changing voyages at sea.

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A Devon-based yachtsman who took 88 days to cross the Atlantic in a single-handed race — arriving 68 days behind the winner — is to sail the boat he used in the competition for the first time in 45 years.

Peter Crowther still holds the record for the slowest-ever crossing in the Original Single-handed Transatlantic Race (OSTAR) set in 1972 when he left Plymouth for Rhode Island USA on the historic gaff-cutter ‘Golden Vanity.’
This May the 74-year-old pub landlord will set sail on his 10th and last OSTAR, this time on a more modern Swan 38. Two weeks before the event he will be taking his family out for a nostalgic voyage along the south Devon coast on the boat he used for the original crossing.

With thanks to Article by Yachts and Yachting
Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust celebrate the unveiling of a new yacht
by Natasha Elliott on
3 April 2017

Today, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, a national organisation that supports young people in recovery from cancer, celebrated the unveiling of a new, uniquely adapted Beneteau Oceanis 45 yacht, thanks to the generous support from players of People's Postcode Lottery.

The purchase of the yacht, Caledonian Hero, was made possible after the Trust received an additional £200,000 from players of People's Postcode Lottery in 2016 on top of their long standing annual support of the Trust. The yacht will reside at the Trust's northern base in Largs Marina and will be used to further improve the experience of young people with mobility issues after treatment from Scotland and the North of England. The Trust uses the power of sailing to help young people aged 8-24 in recovery from cancer to re-engage with education, employment and society.

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"The Island Trust are delighted to announce that Round the World yachtsman Conrad Humphreys has joined our Board of Trustees. Conrad brings both professional sailing expertise and business acumen to the Trust as well as his high media profile.

Born in Exmouth, Devon, Conrad has competed in three round the world races, becoming only the 5th British sailor to complete the Vendée Globe. The Vendée Globe is regarded as the pinnacle of ocean racing and an event that is widely regarded as the toughest endurance race in any sport.

Conrad’s professional career in sailing began at 17 years old, when he was spotted at the Junior World Cadet Championships and was asked to join the Youth Challenge campaign for the 1993–94 Whitbread Round the World Race (now the Volvo Ocean Race). The change in direction thrust him into the world of extreme ocean racing. His first leadership challenge was as Skipper of LG FLATRON in the gruelling BT Global Challenge 2000-01. He and his team went on to dominate the race – setting a record pace and winning four out of seven legs. At just 26 years of age, Conrad became the youngest winning skipper in the history of the race.

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