TALL SHIP ‘MAYBE’ VOYAGERS NAMED

In April we announced our plans to send 10 young people from Cornwall on a voyage of a lifetime this August in the Tall Ships Races Magellan-Elcano 500 series 2021.

They’ll be taking part in the first leg of the series, a 10-day race from Falmouth to A Coruna in Spain aboard Tall Ship Maybe.

We’ve now chosen the 10 voyagers – and the great news is we’ve been able to add an 11th, thanks to an extra place becoming available aboard Maybe.

Applications were invited from teenagers aged 16 to 18 via schools supported by RYST, Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth and Cornwall Marine Academy.

Says RYST Chairman Dina Wheatcroft: “We heard back from so many wonderful young men and women, but with only eleven places available, we chose the applicants who seemed the most excited about the prospect and who we thought would most benefit.”

Here are the lucky members of Team Maybe – Bea, Megan, Lydia, Millie, Charlotte, Thomas, Corey, Luke, Oli, Josh and Josh – and thanks again to their generous sponsors, who have made this adventure possible.

Bea, 18, from Portscatho, sponsored by H Tiddy

Bea says: “Being on the sea makes me realise the scale of the planet and how small one human really is. I’ve always been drawn to the ocean and I don’t think I could ever be far from it. The Tall Ships will be an amazing opportunity to meet new people, learn valuable skills and improve my sailing.”

Bea is sponsored by H Tiddy. 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 Chairman and Director Derek Holman: “As a donor since the early days of Roseland Youth Sailing Trust, we’re pleased to see the Trust extend its support for young people into the post-16 age group and delighted to sponsor one of their Tall Ship voyagers this year.”

Josh, 17, from Tregony, sponsored by Phillips Frith

Josh says: “I love adventure, the feeling of the wind in my face, and the fact that you are harnessing the Earth’s natural power to speed along the surface of the water. My ambition is to become a professional sailor and compete in races such as the Vendee Globe, so this will be an amazing way for me to build sea miles and get experience offshore for my future career.”

Josh is sponsored by Phillips Frith. Established in 1926, Phillips Frith is a firm of chartered accountants and registered auditors located in St Austell town centre with clients throughout the South West. The firm prides itself on offering start-ups and established businesses a helpful and personal service tailored to individual needs.

Says Ian Chalmers, Senior Partner: “We think it’s really important for young people to build self-confidence as they start out in life and we wish our young adventurers a wonderful voyage of discovery and self-discovery on TS Maybe.“

Megan, 16, from St Austell, sponsored by Rotary Club of St Austell

Megan says: “Joining this voyage will be an amazing opportunity to challenge my boundaries and enhance my personality. This trip will be highly beneficial for my future, building towards my desired career path of working in conservation and wildlife.”

Megan is sponsored by Rotary Club of St Austell, which has supported good causes in the community and internationally for nearly 100 years, driven by its belief in putting service before self.

Says Mike Pascoe: “Our support is the legacy of a Rotarian who was closely involved with sail training for young people for much of his life. I’m sure John Morgan would be delighted to know his good work lives on to help another young person embark on an exciting voyage at sea.”

Lydia, 17, from St Mawes, sponsored by St Just in Roseland Parish Council

Lydia says: “I love the sea – its healing power, the salty smell and the fact that every time I look at it, the colours and movements seem to change. The only thing I dislike about the sea is the way I feel when I leave it. I believe this voyage will improve my confidence, as I have been home-schooled for the last three years and this is an opportunity to work with people my own age.”

Lydia is sponsored by St Just in Roseland Parish Council. 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, Clerk to the Parish Council: “St Just in Roseland Parish Council are happy to support this great initiative, which will provide a unique experience for the teenagers and give them great memories.”

Millie, 18, from St Mawes, sponsored by St Mawes Pier & Harbour Company

Millie says: “When I was 12 the tall ships came to Falmouth and as I looked around it sparked something I couldn’t forget. It’s my dream to travel and this voyage will be an amazing opportunity to gain new experience and skills.”

Millie is sponsored by 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 South West.

Says Harbour Master Martin Bidmead: “It is with great pleasure that St Mawes Harbour is once again sponsoring a place on a Tall Ship. It has been a long tradition for us to support maritime and youth activities within the Roseland community, and we hope the voyagers on TS Maybe find it both rewarding and enjoyable.”

ST MAWES PIER & HARBOUR COMPANY

Josh, 17, from Tregony, sponsored by St Mawes Sailing Club

Josh says: “I have never been outside the UK and I think this will be a great opportunity to get some adventure before going to university. Currently I race an RS200 at St Mawes and sailing is the highlight of the week. It would be amazing to take sailing further and get on a larger vessel.”

Josh is sponsored by St Mawes Sailing Club. One of the most active sailing clubs in the South West, St Mawes Sailing Club has just celebrated its centenary and is now looking forward to the next 100 years of fun and competition on and around the beautiful waters of Cornwall. An RYA-approved sailing centre, the club has a lively junior section and is a strong supporter of RYST.

Says Commodore Chris de Glanville: “We are very pleased to be able to help these young sailors achieve the dream of sailing off into the sunset on the voyage of a lifetime. So much will be learned from the experience of crewing on a Tall Ship across the Bay of Biscay and down to A Coruna. We wish them fair winds and following seas.”

Thomas, 18, from Stithians, sponsored by Superyacht Charities

Thomas says: “I think this experience will really be beneficial, furthering my sailing experience to help with my work at Pendennis Shipyard by gaining an understanding of how the boats I’m working on will be used in the future. It will also help build teamworking skills – working with a group of people the same ages as me, who are all from different backgrounds.”

Thomas is sponsored by Superyacht Charities, which harnesses the energies and generosity of the companies and individuals working in the superyacht industry to generate funding for charitable causes and also natural disaster relief in third world countries related to the sailing industry.

Says Chairman Derek Munro: “Cornwall has a strong maritime heritage so it’s great to see Falmouth again hosting the Tall Ships, which gives people from all over the world a taste of adventure at sea. Thanks to RYST’s initiative, the race to A Coruna will include 11 young people from Cornwall who might otherwise never have the opportunity.”

Corey, 16, from St Dennis, sponsored by CAD Architects

Corey says: “I love hard work and adventure. And I love the sea, although I’m aware it’s dangerous.

Corey is sponsored by CAD Architects, a leading architectural practice based in Cornwall with a wealth of expertise in the design and delivery of buildings.

Says Steve Hooper, Architectural Director: “CAD are pleased to be able to support Roseland Youth Sailing Trust in their excellent objective to provide young people with lasting skills and confidence through the rich experience of sailing.”

Luke, 16, from St Austell, sponsored by Phillips Frith

Luke says: “This sounds really fun. I would love the opportunity to experience something like this. I’m really interested in marine life and the ecosystem of the ocean.”

Luke is sponsored by Phillips Frith. Established in 1926, Phillips Frith is a firm of chartered accountants and registered auditors located in St Austell town centre with clients throughout the South West. The firm prides itself on offering start-ups and established businesses a helpful and personal service tailored to individual needs.

Says Ian Chalmers, Senior Partner: “We think it’s really important for young people to build self-confidence as they start out in life and we wish our young adventurers a wonderful voyage of discovery and self-discovery on TS Maybe.“

Oli, 18, from Falmouth, sponsored by Superyacht Charities

Oli says: “I’m really looking forward to the voyage, so I can add practical experience to my skills as an apprentice at Pendennis.”

Oli is sponsored by Superyacht Charities, which harnesses the energies and generosity of the companies and individuals working in the superyacht industry to generate funding for charitable causes and also natural disaster relief in third world countries related to the sailing industry.

Says Chairman Derek Munro: “Cornwall has a strong maritime heritage so it’s great to see Falmouth again hosting the Tall Ships, which gives people from all over the world a taste of adventure at sea. Thanks to RYST’s initiative, the race to A Coruna will include 11 young people from Cornwall who might otherwise never have the opportunity.”

Charlotte, 16, from Grampound, sponsored by a private donor

Charlotte says: “My Dad did something similar to this when he was a boy and after hearing his stories I would love to take my turn on board. I’ve always had a love for the sea. I’ve sailed on the Helford, gig-rowed for Coverack and I’ve recently applied to join the Navy.”

Charlotte is sponsored by a private donor who wishes to remain anonymous.

He says: “Delighted and supportive of Roseland Youth Sailing Trust’s initiative and I wish the young adventurers ‘bon voyage’ for the 2021 Tall Ships Race.”