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Meet the sponsors of Team Helen Mary R 2024

Since 2021, we’ve sent groups of young people on sea voyages to experience the excitement and pride of making a 10-day journey under sail. The goal is to help young people at the start of their adult lives develop attitudes and skills for quality jobs in maritime and other industries.

Venturers learn all sorts of maritime skills, but the most important learning comes from living together and working as a team. Overcoming challenges leads to a new self-confidence and self-belief.

In view of the success of the voyages, the Trust is sending 10 more young people on an adventure this summer aboard 57-ft ketch Helen Mary R for 10 days from 25 July to 3 August 2024.

As usual venturers will be funded through the generosity of local organizations and individuals.

A big thank you to estate agents H Tiddy, accountants Phillips Frith and St Mawes Sailing Club, who are sponsoring a young person for the fourth year.

Established for over 100 years in the Cornish coastal village of St Mawes, H Tiddy is a highly experienced independent firm of estate agents, selling an extensive variety of coastal and country properties in all price ranges. Says director Mark Willson: “H Tiddy Estate Agents are proud to send a young person to sea for a fourth year. Based on the experiences of our previously sponsored participants, Bea (2021), Wilf (2022) and Skye (2023), I am sure all the venturers will return from their voyage with many life enhancing experiences, memories and friendships.”

Established in 1926, Phillips Frith is a firm of chartered accountants and registered auditors located in St Austell town centre with clients throughout the Southwest. The firm prides itself on offering start-ups and established businesses a helpful and personal service tailored to individual needs. Says Ian Chalmers: “We are very pleased to support RYST’s offshore sailing project for a fourth year, this time on Helen Mary R. The effect of the previous voyages has clearly been inspirational for those taking part and it has been heart-warming for us to see the enthusiasm generated amongst the young participants.”

An RYA-approved sailing centre and one of the most active clubs in the Southwest, St Mawes Sailing Club has a lively junior section and is a strong supporter of RYST. Says John Andrew: “St Mawes Sailing Club is delighted to sponsor a place for a sailor on Helen Mary R this year. We know from the past three expeditions on TS Maybe that experiences of this kind are character-building. They enable young people to learn how to get on with others as part of a team in an exhilarating environment, and we as a Club look forward to hearing all about how it went.”

Thank you to Flushing Sailing Club, who are sending a young person to sea for the third time.

Flushing Sailing Club is a truly amazing, flourishing sailing club running the finest yacht racing in the port of Falmouth. Founded in 1921 for the benefit of Flushing residents, the club commands stunning and panoramic views of the inner Falmouth Harbour and the reaches of the Penryn River. David Mitchell says: “Flushing Sailing Club is delighted to again sponsor a youngster on a voyage at sea. It has been a pleasure to host presentations at the Club by the young people we sponsored – Rosie in 2022 and Will in 2023 – hearing how the expeditions have built confidence and opened new horizons for them. We fully support the involvement of youngsters in sailing and hope it goes well this year.”

We’re delighted to welcome two new sponsors in 2024, so thank you MWJV and Pendennis.

MWJV provides professional building services to Cornwall Council, managing the delivery of key construction projects to support economic growth whilst protecting the natural environment and helping align with Cornwall’s 2030 Net Zero Carbon ambitions. The company supports the crucial role local charities play in creating positive social change by empowering individuals to lead fulfilling lives. Says Jeremy Dunn: ‘With my sons learning to sail at St Mawes I have seen at first-hand how sailing not only builds resilience and confidence in young people, but also makes them aware of the beauty and fragility of the natural environment. This is something we take very seriously at MWJV so we’re delighted to support a young person on a journey of discovery on the Helen Mary R.”

With a history stretching over 35 years, Pendennis Shipyard is one of the world’s leading superyacht refit and custom build facilities and has been involved with some of the most iconic yachts in the world. With a main base in Falmouth as well as facilities near Barcelona and in Norfolk, Pendennis employs over 500 highly skilled tradespeople and has won over 30 business awards since its foundation. Says Training Manager Steve Hancock: “Two of our apprentices were kindly sponsored by Superyacht Charities to take part in RYST’s first offshore expedition in 2021. Now we’re delighted to return the compliment by sponsoring two young people to sail on Helen Mary R this year. These voyages are tremendously valuable in building practical boat-handling skills and – even more importantly – employability skills such as teamwork, communication and confidence.”

As a way of saying thank you, venturers are encouraged to raise funds, not to pay for their own place, which is covered by their sponsor, but to help ensure that others are given similar opportunities to experience adventure.

So thank you to Ana Navarro Fisher.

Ana Navarro Fisher ran the Brighton Marathon on 7 April 2024 and raised £1700 for the Trust, including enough to fund a place for a venturer in this year’s 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 Cádiz, so I’m delighted to be able to send someone else on a similar adventure. 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.”

And thank you to last year’s venturers, Team Maybe 2023.

The young people who went to Spain on TS Maybe with the Tall Ships in 2023 enjoyed their experience so much that they have been fundraising to support two places on this year’s voyage. Says RYST chairman Dina Wheatcroft: “These voyages are enriching in all sorts of ways for the young people involved, who return motivated to fund opportunities for other young people to take part in a life-changing experience. What a profound and heart-warming return on investment that previous venturers should raise enough between them to sponsor not just one, but three places aboard. A big thank you to Ana and to Team Maybe 2023.”