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All lessons funded in primary and secondary schools in Cornwall are thanks to the support of generous private and corporate donors.

The Continuity Challenge

Since launching in 2015, RYST faces a continuity challenge: continuity of the schools programme and continuity post-school.

Continuity of the schools programme
  • Our reliance on one-off donations and sponsorships means we’re unable to guarantee provision of sail training from one year to the next across our schools. We can only commit to one year at a time. This is disappointing for teachers, parents and children.
  • We also have to think hard about taking on new schools who would like to join the programme. To achieve a significant impact, our policy has been to fund more sailing for fewer schools, rather than less sailing for more.
Continuity post-school
  • At the same time, after five years of operation we’re starting to see the first of our ‘graduates’ (children who’ve been through our programme at primary and secondary levels) leaving school to enter the world of work.
  • Some are looking to us for continued support in getting the skills and experience they need for maritime careers.

So far, we’ve been able to say yes. But as more and more school-leavers come through, we’ll have to turn them away unless we can place our funding on a more solid foundation.

Our response: raising our game

To meet the continuity challenge, we’re raising our game to make an even bigger impact in Cornwall’s poorest communities.

We have three goals:

  • To guarantee continuity of provision to the schools in our programme, such that at the end of one year we can confidently offer sail training for the next.
  • To enable continuity of provision post-school for young people who’ve taken part in our schools programme, to help them get the experience, skills and qualifications needed for quality jobs in maritime and related industries.

Funds permitting, to extend provision to other schools in deprived areas keen to join our programme.

A more solid foundation

To achieve the first two goals, we need an extra £30,000 a year over the next five years, requiring more – and more regular – funding.  This is where you come in!

Find out how you can help below.


Learning to sail gives young people confidence, self-esteem and valuable skills in whichever career they choose: creating opportunities, changing lives and transforming communities.

Our schools and post-school programmes are funded entirely by private and corporate donors. Everyone in Roseland Youth Sailing Trust works on a voluntary basis so that 100% of the funding we raise goes to getting kids on the water.

Here are six ways you can support the work of Roseland Youth Sailing Trust.

1 – Make a regular donation

Help us pay for instruction by RYA-certified trainers and for equipment used in approved sailing centres.

  • Sail training currently costs £4500 per year for a class of 20, which is why annual donations by standing order are so important to us. Standing orders (or one-off donations) can be made direct into our account:

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  • Roseland Youth Sailing Trust
  • Sort code: 20-87-94
  • Account number: 03520862

  • Please give your name and address so we can identify you and report back to you each year on the results you’re helping achieve.
  • In order to set up a gift aid with a standing order please click here.
    • Alternativley, fill in the pdf, print it out, and take it to your local bank branch.
2 – Take part in a fund-raising event

Funds raised in the events below go to support Roseland Youth Sailing Trust:

  • Percuil Regatta, August: St Mawes Sailing Club hosts Percuil Regatta, a family-friendly village regatta with something for everyone – spectators and sailors alike. Click here to learn more.
  • St Mawes Classic Car Festival, May: Nearwater Events hosts St Mawes Classic Car Festival. It’s designed for the enjoyment of both driver and partner and travels all over Cornwall, driving being interspersed with visits to interesting places and some great meals. Click here to learn more
3 – Sponsor us for your own challenge, event or staff charity

Joining people together to raise funds creates a buzz and multiplies the impact of individual donations:

  • Challenges: people have kindly selected us as their nominated charity when taking part in extreme activities, such as crossing the Atlantic.
  • Events: giving an event a charity focus creates a purpose beyond simply having fun, making people feel good about participating in it.
  • Work: having a ‘staff charity of the year’ helps foster team-spirit.

We’ll help out and keep you fully-informed of the good your fund-raising is doing.

4 – Give us special items for auction or unwanted kit for sale

Auctions: In the past we’ve had donated a number of special items for auction including original paintings, a bespoke Bridget Macklin ceramic and a Ben Ainslie rash vest, which have raised significant funds. If you have something of value which you’d like to contribute, we should be delighted to auction it at a VIP fund-raiser on your behalf.

Sailing kit: People have also given us sailing equipment, including boats, to sell locally, which has also helped us raise funds.  If you have a base in Cornwall and want to clear a garage or loft of unwanted sailing equipment – or take an unused boat off the water – we’d be delighted to help.

Please contact our chairman Dina Wheatcroft at to discuss.

5 – Become a Volunteer

Our wonderful volunteers help in a host of ways through the gift of their skills and time. We’re currently seeking volunteers to help with the following:

  • Grant applications
  • Introductions to potential business partners

Please contact our chairman Dina Wheatcroft at to find out more, or call:

  • Mark Osborn on 01326 270528
  • Jonathan Adlington on 01326 270783
6 – Become a business partner

If your business has a synergy with our aims and ambitions, and operates in Cornwall, how about becoming a business partner to the Trust? We’re actively seeking partnerships with businesses who wish to make a lasting contribution to the community.

We invite our business partners to:

  • Commit to a long-term relationship with the Trust (three years, renewable).
  • Provide regular funding throughout the relationship.
  • Provide access to work experience, mentoring and other resources as far as they are able.

In return, we offer our business partners:

  • Recognition of being a driver of positive change in the community.
  • The satisfaction of making a difference to the lives of young people and of supporting their development into the world of work.
  • Brand-building, publicity, community relations and networking opportunities generated by association with the Trust.
  • During your partnership, the right to exclude direct competitors from becoming business partners of the Trust.

Please contact our chairman Dina Wheatcroft at dina(at) to find out more