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The voyagers on Tall Ship Maybe returned to St Mawes today after a nine-day trip east as far as Brixham. Judging by their apparel, the experience has prompted them towards piracy on the high seas as their career of choice.

Pirates of the English Channel: Starboard L-R Mawgan, Lillie-Rose, Rosie; Port L-R Jack, Wilf, Skipper Dave, Sienna
Matthew, Eve, Sam, Kimberley and Tom

They came back exhausted and excited, having had a lot of fun learning new skills, making new friends and discovering new things about themselves. The welcoming committee included friends and family, who gathered at St Mawes Sailing Club for a celebration lunch, and we were delighted that so many of our sponsors were also there to meet the young people.

The venturers were hugely grateful to sponsors for making the voyage possible and the Trust would again like to thank Classic Cottages, Cornwall Community Foundation, Flushing Sailing Club, Frost Builders, Beverley and Nathaniel Gee, estate agents H Tiddy, Josh Kendle, Josh Lewis, accountants Phillips Frith, St Just in Roseland Parish Council, St Mawes Pier & Harbour Company, St Mawes Sailing Club and Wing of St Mawes for their support.

Thanks also to Maybe skipper Dave, first mate Toby and crew Josie and Katie.

Skipper Dave with first mate Toby and crew Josie and Katie

Skipper Dave said: “They’ve been a pleasure and very enthusiastic. It’s great to see the group come together as a team, especially as they hadn’t met before. It’s a long trip and keeping the energy going is important. This has been a really good group.”

Seated L-R: Skipper Dave, venturers Eve, Lillie-Rose, Sienna, Sam, Mawgan and Matthew. Standing L-R: RYST chairman Dina and volunteer Miranda

First mate Toby added: “It’s been great. The venturers quickly got used to the boat and learned the lines. The crew and I have hardly done any navigation or boat work in the last few days. The team have learned quickly and shown a lot of enthusiasm.”

A great experience for all. But for one of the venturers, Millie, as soon as the celebrations were over, it was a case of back to the day job on the pier just outside the sailing club.