It’s a solo expedition, not a race against other Tall Ships. And they’re bound for Scilly, not Spain. But that didn’t trouble our young people as they boarded Maybe today to begin their 10-day adventure at sea.
They’re keen to get hands on with all aspects of sailing a traditionally rigged boat, building team-work and other life skills on their way to St Mary’s and then onwards…destination unknown. Some of the team – 11 Cornish teenagers aged 15-18 – have never been in open sea and others have never been away from home.
RYST Chairman Dina Wheatcroft said: “This trip is all about helping young people get the experience and life skills needed for quality jobs in maritime and other industries. We’re grateful to our sponsors for making it possible.”
The expedition is sponsored by CAD Architects, estate agents H Tiddy, accountants Phillips Frith, Rotary Club of St Austell, St Just in Roseland Parish Council, St Mawes Pier & Harbour Company, St Mawes Sailing Club and Superyacht Charities.
Built in 1929, gaff-rigged ketch Maybe took part in first ever Tall Ships race in 1956 and is one of the few original ships competing.
With the young people on board, she was due to race to Spain in the Tall Ships Magellan-Elcano 500 Series 2021, cancelled in June for the second year owing to COVID.
Dina added: “It’s a shame they won’t be racing to Spain, but we hope the unknown destination will add a sparkle of mystery to what will anyway be an unforgettable experience.”
The crew has changed somewhat over the past few days and weeks, with Lydia, Luke, Megan and Millie having to withdraw for various reasons. But we were able to find willing replacements – Ben, Benjy, Caitlin and Emily – the latter two within hours of departure.
Here’s the final line-up weighing anchor for their 10-day adventure at sea:
The 11 members of Team Maybe
A big thank you from the Trust and the venturers to CAD Architects, H Tiddy Estate Agents, Rotary Club of St Austell, St Just in Roseland Parish Council, St Mawes Pier & Harbour Company and St Mawes Sailing Club, who are each sponsoring a place aboard.
And thank you twice over to accountants Phillips Frith and Superyacht Charities, who are each sponsoring two places aboard.