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We’re pleased and excited to announce the second year of Roseland Youth Sailing Trust’s partnership with Tall Ship Maybe.

Following the success of the 2021 voyage, described by one of the venturers as ‘the best 10 days of my life’, the Trust is sending 14 more young people aged 16 to 19 on an adventure aboard Maybe this year, departing Falmouth on Tuesday 9th August 2022 and returning on Thursday 18th.

As well as being a lot of fun, the experience of living and working on board will help build the young people’s confidence at the start of their adult lives which it’s hoped will be of enduring benefit.

Says RYST Chairman Dina Wheatcroft: “The Trust supports sailing for children in 20 primary and secondary schools in Cornwall. The voyages on Maybe are about extending this support post-school to help young people get the attitudes, experience and skills needed for quality jobs in maritime and other industries. A huge thank you to our sponsors.”

The expedition is made possible thanks to the generosity of 13 local individuals and organisations, each of whom has sponsored a place on board, with the Trust also covering the cost of a place.

We’re grateful to five of last year’s corporate sponsors – estate agents H Tiddy, accountants Phillips Frith, St Just in Roseland Parish Council, St Mawes Pier & Harbour Company and St Mawes Sailing Club – for renewing their sponsorship this year.

Welcome and thank you to five new corporate sponsors – Classic Cottages, Cornwall Community Foundation, Flushing Sailing Club, Frost Builders and Wing of St Mawes – who are sponsoring places aboard Maybe for the first time.

And thanks to Beverley and Nathaniel Gee, Josh Lewis and Josh Kendle, private sponsors who are kindly sending three young people to sea.

Beverley and Nathaniel Gee said: “We are impressed by the opportunities offered by RYST and of the enthusiasm and success of its participants and we are very happy indeed to be in a position to help a young person to gain both the practical and the life skills which being a part of the community on TS Maybe will afford.”

The ‘two Joshes’ are sponsors this year, but they were venturers on last year’s voyage. In the run-up to departure they raised over £2000 in a two-day 200-mile fund-raising cycle trip around all 20 sailing clubs in Cornwall.

Josh Lewis (L) and Josh Kendle (R) at the end of their 200-mile cycling fund-raiser in 2021

They have first-hand experience of the benefits of adventure at sea. Josh Lewis told us the voyage aboard Maybe had been truly confidence-building, owing to the multiple challenges they had to overcome, and Josh Kendle said: “It was an incredible trip, visiting the beautiful isles of Scilly, meeting some great people and learning how to sail the Maybe. I am excited to sponsor someone else to experience this amazing opportunity.”

We asked our corporate sponsors why they were supporting the expedition. Here’s what they told us.

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 Derek Holman: “H Tiddy Estate Agents are delighted to again sponsor a young person’s place on Maybe. We’ve supported a variety of sailing events for over 30 years. We wish all this year’s participants well and know that they will greatly benefit from the experience.”

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 think it’s really important for young people to build self-confidence as they start out in life, so after the success of last year’s expedition, we’re delighted to support another young venturer this year on their voyage of discovery – and self-discovery – on TS Maybe.”

Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, St Just in Roseland parish is a landscape of rolling farmland, bounded on the west by the waters of the Carrick Roads and including the villages of St Just in Roseland and St Mawes. Says Helen Couch: “St Just in Roseland Parish Council are very pleased to support Tall Ship Maybe again this year. We were extremely impressed with the impact that last year’s adventure had with the venturers and cannot wait to hear all about it again this year. We wish you all a safe journey and hope you enjoy the experience.“

One of the most active sailing clubs in the SouthWest, St Mawes Sailing Club has recently celebrated its centenary and is now looking forward to the next 100 years of fun and competition. An RYA-approved sailing centre, the club has a lively junior section and is a strong supporter of RYST. Says Chris de Glanville: “In the middle of the pandemic last year a group of young sailors set forth on Maybe and all reported back in glowing terms about their experiences. It is clear that the benefits of a voyage of this kind are immense and we as a sailing club are fully behind the lucky crew who make this year’s trip. Fair winds and bon voyage to all!”

One of the foremost holiday businesses in the South West, Classic Cottages pride themselves on being particularly choosy when it comes to finding cottages, carrying out regular inspections to make sure everything is above and beyond customers’ expectations. Says Anthony Skitt: “We are delighted to be sponsoring a young person on the Tall Ship voyage. We support Roseland Youth Sailing Trust, alongside a number of other charities, because of their commitment to helping young people develop and learn new skills. The work they do is truly commendable. We hope you have a fantastic 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. Says David Mitchell: “Our involvement was triggered by a discussion with one of my daughter’s friends. She described to me how her life had been changed and her eyes had been opened following a similar sailing experience. Meeting people from all walks of life inspired her to look for a career in education that she could never have imagined. Flushing SC is working hard to engage youngsters in the sport of sailing and hopefully achieve similar goals for them. We wish our sponsored youngster a great experience.

Wing of St Mawes have been buying and supplying fresh fish, shellfish and smoked fish to the hotel and catering trade for nearly 40 years. Great British Food’s Fishmonger of the Year 2021, they pride themselves on providing quality fish and shellfish, with excellent value for money and good old-fashioned service. Says Rob Wing: “As Cornish fish merchants working with the sea and all it brings to us, we fully understand the value young people can benefit from when embarking on a trip in a tall ship. To work as part of a team whilst at sea is character building and very enjoyable. Hopefully the skills young people acquire from this experience are transferable and will help them in later life. We also hope they really enjoy it!”

Frost Builders (SW) Ltd, based in St Austell, has quickly become one of Cornwall’s, and particularly the Roseland’s, most prestigious construction companies. With a current team of around 20 individuals, they have a keen attention to detail and strive to provide the most outstanding finishes every time. Says Karen Hore: “Daniel and I are thrilled to sponsor a young person to have the opportunity to sail on Tall Ship Maybe this year. As parents of two teenage boys, we recognise the benefits this kind of project can provide. We are really excited to meet the lucky individuals upon their return to find out how the whole experience has impacted their self-confidence, independence and mental wellbeing.”

St Mawes Pier & Harbour Company

St Mawes is renowned as a haven for the keen sailing enthusiast, with its picturesque harbour and with access to some of the finest sailing waters in the SouthWest. Says Chris Turner: “St Mawes Pier & Harbour Company is delighted to once again sponsor a young person. ‘The best ten days of my life’ was the comment from Emily whom we sponsored last year. We wish all of this year’s venturers well with this opportunity of a lifetime.”

Thanks also to…

In 1998 a group of far-sighted people identified the need to give a voice to the struggling, and a source of funding for community self-help to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. That small acorn grew to become Cornwall Community Foundation. Their aim is to connect people who want to help Cornish communities with projects that make a real difference.