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Grants to Individuals

If you’re pursuing a maritime career and there are qualifications you need but can’t afford, or you’re a home learner who can’t afford sailing lessons, a grant from RYST could help bridge the gap.

Our age range for grants to individuals is 9 to 25, and while we won’t be able to pay all your costs, we may be able to make a significant difference. To apply for a grant, email info@ryst.org.uk

We’ve helped young people get RYA qualifications, become dinghy instructors, go on Tall Ships voyages, take part in Aspire 360, sail the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, get coaching for Laser and Feva racing, complete Day Skipper and Radio courses and get their STCW and powerboat qualifications for jobs on superyachts.

You can read about some of the young people we’ve helped below.

Shannon


“Thanks to Roseland Youth Sailing Trust I was able to sail to the mouth of the Amazon from Recife, Brazil to Georgetown, Guyana. I was part of an all-female crew with my sailing idol Emily Penn, the leader of eXXpeditions, an organisation researching the connection between the ocean’s health and our own. Without the help of the Trust, I wouldn’t have been able to find the deposit for my place on the expedition. Then, because of that donation, others gained confidence in the fact I could raise the required amount and began to donate generously. I have gained so much confidence, not only in myself as public speaker and an accomplished sailor crossing 2000 miles of open ocean, but also that I can do something about the issue of plastic and toxic pollution in our seas.”

VIDEO: Shannon describes the expedition in a talk to St Mawes Sailing Club

Ana

Ana ran the Brighton Marathon on 7 April 2024 and raised £1700 for the Trust, including enough to fund a place for a venturer in the 2024 Offshore Sailing expedition. She says: “Back in 2016 when I was 17, I was lucky enough to have been sponsored by RYST to participate in the Tall Ships race from Lisbon to Cadiz. I remember going to Lisbon feeling sick to my stomach and telling my mum that I couldn’t do it. By the end of the trip, I was absolutely gutted to be leaving and cried. It’s an experience that I still cherish eight years later and one that I hope many more people can do.”

Joe

“With RYST’s encouragement and financial support encouragement, I was able to enter the Laser Nationals 2015 at Mounts Bay SC. This was a great opportunity to see what it’s like to race at a national level. Competing in the Nationals has taught me a lot and has been a great experience and I look forward to racing at a national level again.”

Kieran

“I have been sailing lasers for the past few years and RYST helped me get some top-level coaching from John Burford. I really enjoyed the coaching and he taught me some very good skills that I need for racing. I went to the Laser Nationals in Mounts Bay and the entry fee was £160 and I wouldn’t have been able to go without the Trust’s help. The Nationals were a very good experience and I also learned about what goes on at big events and how you can meet new people. Then I was fortunate enough to sail on Tall Ship The Lord Nelson from Southampton to Gibraltar and then on to Las Palmas in Gran Canaria. Overall, my trip was 27 days with 16 days at sea. This helped me gain sea miles and great experience of offshore sailing. I also met some amazing people with some great stories of their sailing experiences, and I was able to share mine. I wouldn’t have been able to have this opportunity if it wasn’t for the generosity of Roseland Youth Sailing Trust and local businesses. I would like to thank everyone that helped to make this trip possible.”

Josh and Josh

“Roseland Youth Sailing Trust helped me and Josh (another Josh) attend the RS Feva Nationals. We had an awesome time and great exposure to our first national competition. After two days of qualifying, we just missed out on the Gold fleet split and were placed in the Silver fleet, for the following two days of the main event. The summer Nationals was an incredible week and an eye opener to the quality of sailors around the country. Our ability to compete there is a testimony to the importance of Roseland Youth Sailing Trust in helping young sailors gain crucial experience. As well as everyone involved with RYST, I would also like to thank Bob Hindmarsh for training us and Roger Boyle’s behind the scenes work, which helped get us to the Nationals in the first place.”

Willow

VIDEO: How RYST ignited Willow’s passion for sailing

Willow is a star example of what can be achieved when passion, hard work and financial support all come together at the right time. Thanks to funding from Cornwall Community Foundation, Willow first took to the water in the one-to-one and small group sailing courses organised by RYST for Brannel and other Clay Country schools during the pandemic. She went on to pass RYA Levels 1-4. Then she took part in the Aspire360 Round Britain Challenge with the Morvargh Sailing Project. Now she’s been selected for RYA East’s Crew4Gold, a ground-breaking new talent search to discover female athletes capable of becoming Olympic medal-winning 49erFX crews.

To apply for a grant, email info@ryst.org.uk