Taking things further
Many young people don’t just love the Trust but end up loving sailing too.
Most have never been on the water before their first Trust trip. But it’s pretty common for that exposure to the sea air, the challenge of mastering the elements and the sense of freedom and escape that being on a boat brings to lead to young people who, in addition to all the other trip benefits, get bitten by the sailing bug.
We are really lucky that through our connections in the sport we can sometimes offer once-in-a-lifetime sailing opportunities for young people to take their newly unearthed passion further.
It can go from sailing being a hobby and a young person perhaps gaining an RYA Competent Crew certificate, to getting a bit more serious and pursuing further yachting adventures, seeking out careers in watersports and the maritime industry, and even qualifying as a skipper to come back to volunteer on Trust trips.
Through the Trust two young people competed in the 2013-14 Clipper Round The World Race, while others have had the chance to take part in the prestigious RC44 World Championships, the grueling Rolex Fastnet Race, Mediterranean yacht deliveries and numerous other high profile sailing events with Trust supporters.
Meanwhile, a number of young people have now completed their RYA Day Skipper and even their RYA Yachtmaster qualifications, opening the door for them to not only be a volunteer Mate or Skipper on a Trust trip, but sail professionally too.
Not everyone who comes on a Trust trip wants to become a sailor, but for those who discover they do, a whole new world can be explored.