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Tall Ship Maybe is bound for the Scillies in August with 11 Cornish teenagers on board, keen to play their part in working the boat.

Members of Team Maybe (L to R): Oli, Josh, Thomas, Millie, Charlie, Luke, Josh and Benjy

With no further announcements from the organisers of Tall Ships 2021 since the cancellation of the race in June, RYST took the decision to go ahead with Maybe’s offer of a 10-day solo expedition.

Maybe is due to depart Falmouth on 18th August and return on the 28th.  The intention is to sail to the Scillies and then plan the next stage from there, taking account of wind and weather.

Trust chairman Dina Wheatcroft said: “It’s a shame the Tall Ships have been cancelled for the second year running owing to concerns about the pandemic, but we’re delighted to be able to send our young people on a solo expedition. In fact, it’s even more of an adventure for them, because, as yet, the destination is unknown beyond Scilly.”

Eight of the 11 venturers took part in a training day on board on 21st July. Skipper Seb and his crew gave the team a ship’s tour. This was followed by two presentations: one about marine mammals by Dan Jarvis of British Divers Marine Life Rescue and the other about careers in the superyacht industry by Ken Hickling of Superyacht Charities, which is sponsoring two venturers.

A great day for all in glorious sunshine and good preparation for the expedition. We wish them joy.

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.