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Offshore Sailing

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. With the support of local sponsors, we have been able to do this consecutively for three years.

1 Completed voyages

2 How venturers benefit

3 What parents say

4 Sponsorship

5 Fundraising by venturers

6 Expedition 2024

1 Completed voyages


In 2021 we sent 11 young people on a 10-day voyage to the Scillies on Tall Ship Maybe.

In 2022 we repeated the exercise with 14 more teenagers, this time east to Hope Cove.

And in 2023 we sent another 14 venturers on TS Maybe from Falmouth to A Coruna in the Tall Ships race to Spain.

A voyage report is produced after each expedition and shared with venturers, parents and sponsors:

The Best 10 Days of My Life (2021)

Into the Sunrise (2022)

Escorted by Dolphins (2023)

VIDEO: Team Maybe 2023 on ITV News

How venturers benefit

Trips are designed to be thrilling, challenging and transformative— encouraging the young adults to think ambitiously about what they can achieve. The first expedition was described by one as ‘the best 10 days of my life’.

Venturers learn all sorts of maritime skills, but the most important learning comes from living together and working as a team: having to do one’s bit in a watch system and support others, even when exhausted. Overcoming challenges leads to a new self-confidence and self-belief: that they can do anything they put their mind to.

Bea

For Bea, who participated in the 2021 expedition, the voyage was her first time in a boat, but it set in motion a series of exciting sailing adventures. Bea has been paid crew on expeditions in British waters and abroad, from the remote Island of St Kilda in the Outer Hebrides to Portugal. She says ‘I love it. Every day is a new experience and I’m always learning. The people I’ve been able to work with are amazing and we always have fun.’

Josh

Josh, who also took part in the 2021 expedition, was a keen dinghy racer who learned to sail with RYST but had never been out of sight of land until the voyage to the Scillies. After that he did delivery trips on a Volvo 70 and he worked most of his gap year as a deckhand on the 42-metre classic gaff schooner Mariette, joining in time to win the 2023 Richard Mille Cup Regatta and then sailing off to the Mediterranean.

Sam

Sam, who was in the 2022 expedition, followed up the experience by taking part in the Aspire 360 challenge, a seven-week voyage sailing 1945 nautical miles around Britain with Morvargh Sailing Trust.

Ruby

For Ruby, who sailed to Spain in the 2023 Tall Ships expedition, the trip confirmed her ambition to join the Royal Navy. Her sponsor Cornwall Marine Academy helped her apply. Her experience of the voyage stood her in good stead for the application and interview and she has since been accepted.

Erin

Sponsored by Classic Cottages, Erin sailed on TS Maybe in August 2023’s Tall Ships Race to Spain. When she got back, she said: “I have discovered a love of sailing that I didn’t know I had, as I’ve never sailed before.” Now she’s got her own boat, Seaspray II, and is about to start restoring it.


What parents say

“My daughter came back elated after 10 days on the open seas, having spent most of it on deck in the sun and wind. She made great friendships, learned to live at close quarters with people she had never met before, worked as part of a close-knit team and revived her love of sailing, and indeed of adventure.”

“It is hard to express just how much young people of today need experiences like this. Resilience is a rare commodity these days and RYST, along with the generosity of the sponsors, have enabled our youngsters to develop valuable life skills.”

“In 20 years in the marine industry I have seen first-hand the value of sailing as a team-building and confidence-boosting tool. Watching the crew of nice but nervous individuals get on the boat and then meeting the confident, bonded team that got off the bus was a real pleasure. For all kids that lived through the lockdown at a crucial time of social development, these opportunities are incredibly beneficial.”

“I asked him the simple question: would you go again if you had the chance? Without hesitation it was a resounding ‘Yes!’ I noticed a change in him on his return home. He has always had confidence and an ability to chat to anyone, but there seemed a new level of maturity. Thank you again for giving him this amazing opportunity.”

Sponsorship

The Offshore Sailing programme is funded through the generosity of mainly local organizations and individuals, each of whom pays for a venturer to take part, so places aboard and any transport costs are free to venturers. A big thank you to:

Estate agents H Tiddy, accountants Phillips Frith, St Just in Roseland Parish Council, and St Mawes Sailing Club, who have supported all three expeditions.

Classic Cottages, Flushing Sailing Club, Frost Builders and St Mawes Pier & Harbour Company, who have supported two.

Superyacht Charities, CAD Architects and Rotary Club of St Austell, who supported the first.

Cornwall Community Foundation, Wing of St Mawes and Beverley & Nathaniel Gee, who supported the second.

Challenge Consulting, Cornwall Marine Network & Academy and Falmouth Harbour, who supported the third.

If you’d like to consider sending a young person on the adventure of a lifetime, please contact Billy Billington at billy@ryst.org.uk.


Fund-raising by venturers

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

For example, in a two-day 200-mile fund-raising cycle trip around all 20 sailing clubs in Cornwall, ‘the two Joshes’ raised enough to sponsor two venturers in 2022. Bea gave up ice cream for six months.
Oliver took part in the 11 Tors Challenge on Dartmoor. Daisy completed the Eden Project half-marathon. Lotte completed a five-hour plastic and litter pick around Mylor Harbour. Erin swam out to and around Gull Rock in Portreath. And Jacob donated the money he was given for his 18th birthday.


Expedition 2024

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

If you’d like to apply for a place on the voyage, no previous sailing experience is necessary, but you must:
• Live in Cornwall
• Be aged 16 to 18 at the time of the voyage
• Be free to take part in a training day on Saturday 6 July
• Have a passport with at least six months validity to 3 November 2024

Please complete the application form here, then send it to billy@ryst.org.uk


If you’d like to find out about sponsoring a young person aboard, please contact Billy Billington at billy@ryst.org.uk.