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At the recent Captains Dinner before the start of the Tall Ships Races, Ian Lerner, Captain of Ocean Spirit of Moray, confirmed how relevant Sail Training is in today's world.
Ian spoke about the impact that Sail Training has on young people:
“I have been lucky enough to have spent the last 30 years on sail training ships and the last 21 years running Ocean Spirit.
“Whilst fundamentally young people haven’t really changed that much over the years, society has. The distractions of modern life make it easier than ever for young people to avoid the kind of essential experiences that we all know help to develop the character and resilience so necessary to become good citizens in an ever changing world.
“Sail training provides opportunities for young people from all backgrounds to find out about themselves and what is really important in life. It helps them to realize that its people not things that matter, and that sometimes the most significant lesson in life is to have the confidence to just be yourself.
"And all this comes from our encounters with the sea in ships that need people to sail them, people who must work together and overcome many challenges to get the boat safely to their destination. Being at sea and learning to put the ship and their shipmates before themselves is perhaps not always something that comes naturally to our trainees, but we all know that the common bond that is formed amongst young people when they face the oceans can be a life changing experience, and we know it works not because they have seen it on YouTube, but because it is real.
"Back in the 1960’s Kurt Hahn famously said that the Moray Firth was his best school teacher, and I believe that today more than ever we need young people who have the self-belief and determination to take charge of our world in the future. From my perspective the more of them that have seen life from the deck of a ship and pulled on a rope with others, the brighter our future will be."
(speech text from the Sail Training International website)
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A REPLICA of a Thames Sailing Barge is soon to be based in Maldon.
The Blue Mermaid replica, which was officially launched on Tuesday, May 31, will be housed in Maldon Hythe Quay.
The original Blue Mermaid was built in 1930 but was lost during World War Two.
The replica was commissioned by the Sea-Change Sailing Trust as part of their Youth Sailing Scheme.
The launch was attended by Hilary Halajko and Richard Titchener, who run Sea-Change.
Speaking after the launch of the boat, Hilary said: "Today marks a landmark moment in our ambitions to get a new Thames barge into operation.
"We have £150,000 left to raise to get the barge finished once she gets to Essex and if we are successful we hope that ‘Blue Mermaid’ will enter service during 2017”.
The boat was launched in Cornwall, where it was built by C Toms & Sons boat builders.
Blue Mermaid will be towed up the English Channel to Maldon.
The barge will be used by the trust to teach young people traditional sailing skills.
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Cardiff Bay based Sail Training charity Challenge Wales has been awarded almost £250,000 by the Big Lottery Fund enabling the charity to work with even more young people locally and further afield over the next three years.
The funding is specifically for its “Voyages of Discovery” project enabling the charity to work with 400 young people who will be learning employability skills on accredited day and residential voyages. This will include teamwork and communication skills, decision making & planning skills as well as developing self-confidence. 100 volunteers will also benefit from additional training and support plus a new part time Education Officer role will be created.
Trustee Vicky Williams stated; This is an amazing opportunity for Challenge Wales to make a real difference in the outlook of many young people. Although Challenge Wales works with a wide range of young people from all over the UK in its sail training activities, the “Voyages of Discovery” project in particular is linking in with Local Authority Strategic Plans and the Welsh Government’s Tackling Poverty Action Plan to work with disadvantaged young people and groups.
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"Enjoy the experience, because it will be VERY different."
That was the message from Princess Anne as she visited Sunderland today ahead of the Tall Ships Races' visit to Sunderland in 2018. The Princess Royal told an audience at Sunderland's National Glass Centre she was 'amazed' the city had not hosted the event before.
"The Tall Ships have a way of attracting very large numbers of people," she said. "So it is entirely proper that you should have it here in Sunderland I am amazed you have not had it before.
"I am sure you will make the best possible use of the event."
The Princess' visit was a very special event for brothers Kieran Boyce and Saul Cranston.