A LIFE-CHANGING opportunity to take part in a sailing adventure is being offered to young people from across south Devon.
Brixham-based charity the Trinity Sailing Foundation is teaming up with the Royal Dart Yacht Club for ‘The Royal Dart Yacht Club Provident 150 Challenge’ — an initiative which offers 12 young people the chance to sail in a thrilling race from Dartmouth to Gosport.
The sailing experience, open to those aged 16 to 19, marks the 150th Anniversary of the Royal Dart Yacht Club, based in Kingswear. It is being organised in conjunction with the biennial Small Ships Race — organised by ASTO (The Association of Sail Training Organisation) — which involves dozens of UK sailing vessels taking part in racing and celebrations aimed at young people who can mingle with other crews from across the country.
The Royal Dart is keen to offer a dozen deserving young people — who live in and around the South Hams area — the chance to experience what it is like to sail a 90-year-old Brixham Trawler as part of their 150th anniversary celebrations.
The 1924-built vessel Provident — owned and operated by Trinity — will begin her race in August next year, which will be preceded by a couple of days of practice on board, then see her sailing from Brixham to Dartmouth to join the other boats taking part.
Sailing out of Dartmouth on Monday, August 22, the race will finish on Wednesday, August 24 with a prize-giving ceremony in Gosport. The challenge will continue in a more relaxed fashion as the crew sail their ship back to Brixham at a more leisurely pace — completing an 8 day voyage.
Norman Doidge, of the Royal Dart Yacht Club, said he wants the places on board to go to deserving young people, who may have a range of needs.
He said: “Many of our members have been lucky enough to have sailed all their lives and have appreciated the benefits this has brought them. To help celebrate 150 years of the Royal Dart Yacht Club, we are delighted to be able extend these experiences to a new generation who might not otherwise have the opportunity to enjoy the excitement of adventure, teamwork and new skills that sailing a traditional working boat brings. Working together to raise their own share of the funds will be an important part of the challenge. “
Each candidate will be expected to raise at least £300 themselves as part of the challenge, with advice and guidance offered by Trinity, while members of the Royal Dart will contribute the remaining balance of the voyage, which is valued at over £800 per person.
Final selection will be carried out between Trinity and senior yacht club members to make sure the most deserving people get the chance to get on board.
Harry Gottschalk, Trinity Sailing’s Sales & Marketing Manager, said: “We have already gone out to schools in the area but we want to make sure all deserving young people in the locality are aware of the challenge.
“Our charity takes scores of deserving young people to sea each year and the benefits of sail training are genuinely life-changing and give them a new-found confidence that helps them build essential life skills and develop initiative which will help them in their transition to adulthood. We also hope it will make a valuable addition to their learning portfolios or CVs.”
If you would like more information about applying to take part, please get in touch with Trinity Sailing by calling 01803 88 33 55 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org