"My best bit was seeing what the young people got out of the trip and the new friendships they were forming."
Since the Trust launched in 2003, our partnership with Musto has been indispensable.
Musto have kitted out our young people and crews since the very beginning. Not only that, but our partnership gives members of the Musto team the chance to join the Trust for a day at sea during the sailing season.
Sarah, Musto’s designer and developer for Special Projects, did exactly that. Here she tells us all about her experience aboard two trips on the Solent.
"I was amazed at how confident they were around the boat and how well they had all gelled as a group."
“As someone who already loves sailing, I was excited to see the impact the trips would have on the young people the charity supports and learn how I could help. I really wasn’t sure what to expect.
“I knew the Trust supported a wide age-range, so based on my previous experiences taking friends out sailing for the first time, I thought we might have to take things quite slowly and not get too much sailing done.
“I was wrong. Despite relatively strong winds it wasn’t long till we were out!
“Given that the young people only arrived on the boats the night before, I was amazed at how confident they were around the boat and how well they had all gelled as a group.
"It was so special to see the joy and sense of achievement the individuals experience when taking on these new challenges."
“On my first trip we had three 11 and 12-year-old-girls, and the second trip we had six 15 to 17-year-old guys. Needless to say, there were some clear differences between these two groups. Yet I witnessed the same joy and excitement when we got the sails up.
“On both trips there were individuals who were initially less confident to steer the boat or operate the winches. However, with the guidance and encouragement from the skippers and first mates they got fully involved.
"It was so special to see the joy and sense of achievement the individuals experience when taking on these new challenges and surprising themselves with what they were capable of.
“As part of my role at Musto, I am developing Musto’s t-shirt competition tee for next year’s trips. On my first trip it was great to see the girls coming up with their competition entries and discussing their first experience of sailing. I was excited to see the young people so creative and enthused to come up with the next year’s design.
The Trust offers an extraordinary experience for young people who have had such an unfair start to life.
“A highlight of all Trust trips is when the young people, staff and volunteers do their Best Bit, Worst Bit and Funniest Bit. My best bit was seeing what the young people got out of the trip and the new friendships they were forming.
"My worst was having to going home at the end of the day, knowing the rest of the group were going to continue their adventure round the Solent for another couple of days. My funniest moment was watching a couple of the guys have a competition to fit the most grapes in their mouths!
“The Trust offers an extraordinary experience for young people who have had such an unfair start to life. The staff and volunteers are incredibly passionate about their role and their sole focus is on ensuring the young people are safe, build their confidence and have an awesome time!
"I really loved both my experiences with the Trust and am keen to try to volunteer on a full trip next year.”
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