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We’re delighted to introduce three new sponsors supporting our post-16 programme for the first time to send Team Maybe to Spain in August’s Tall Ships Races Magellan Elcano 2023.

They join eight others sponsoring for the second or third time this year.

Each will cover a place aboard, plus return travel from A Coruna, so the trip will be completely free for our lucky venturers.

Thank you Challenge Consulting, Falmouth Harbour and Cornwall Marine Network & Academy.

Award-winning firm Challenge Consulting, established 25 years ago, helps organisations plan and execute their business transformation journey to thrive in the face of change. MD Chris Cooper is a keen sailor who has a house in St Mawes and is a generous supporter of the local community, including RYST’s Schools Programme.

He says: “Having met previously some of the young people and families that Dina and her amazing team at Roseland Youth Sailing Trust have supported, we are really pleased to help another local young person to enjoy the life-changing experience of the Tall Ships.”

The deepest harbour in Western Europe, and third deepest in the world, Falmouth Harbour is the UK’s Atlantic gateway: the start or finish point for many historic voyages. A statutory Trust Port, it is managed as a non-profit for the benefit of all stakeholders, creating jobs and opportunities, and maintaining high standards of operational safety and environmental stewardship.

Says Miles Carden: “We’re looking forward both to welcoming the Tall Ships back to Falmouth Harbour after nine years’ absence and to playing our part in supporting and enabling 14 Cornish teenagers to join the race for the first leg to A Coruna. We trust they will have a memorable voyage on TS Maybe and return to Cornwall tired but elated.”

Cornwall Marine Network was established in 2002 by local marine businesses to give identity to, and improve the economic prosperity of, businesses in Cornwall’s world-class marine sector. Cornwall Marine Academy was created in 2008 to raise awareness of the wide range of career opportunities in the sector, delivering vocational training and work experience to young people aged 10 to 24 and supporting their employability and progression onto further education, an Apprenticeship or a job.

Sam Winters said: “We know that as well as building self-confidence and gaining new skills, past venturers have used the voyage to get further experience in the marine sector, including paid work, so we’re very happy to support Team Maybe 2023 and we wish them well in the race to Spain.”

Thank you also to a private individual who is sponsoring a place, but wishes to remain anonymous. She says: “We’re delighted to play a small part and hope that the crew have a wonderful and inspiring voyage.”

Another place is underwritten by RYST, using the proceeds of an Open Gardens fund-raising event in July. We’re grateful to everyone who generously opened their gorgeous gardens, baked cakes, donated fresh produce and served teas – and to the visitors who had a lovely time helping us raise £1,250 towards the place aboard.