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This week RYST reached an important milestone, thanks to our supporters.

At Polkerris Beach on Thursday 16th September, nine-year-old Tyler from Foxhole had his first sailing lesson and became the 1000th new sailor introduced to the water by the Trust.

Nine-year-old Tyler is RYST’s 1000th new sailor

We started just six years ago with the aim of making sailing available to all children – not just those with wealthy parents – and it seems incredible that despite two years of COVID we’ve already created 1000 new sailors.

Tyler is a Year 5 student at Foxhole Learning Academy. Here’s what the school’s new Headteacher – Tania Findlay MBE – had to say:

“As well as getting children out in the fresh air having fun on the water, learning to sail brings a sense of achievement which helps build a child’s independence and self-esteem – outcomes which are very important to us at Foxhole Learning Academy. Thanks to the Trust, we’re able to offer sailing courses to all our children in Years 5 and 6. We’re so delighted for Tyler and hope he takes to sailing like a duck to water!”

The 1000 new sailors we’ve created so far owe their good fortune to the commitment of the 19 schools we serve and to our generous donors.

This milestone is their achievement – and the Trust is extremely grateful.