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The Tall Ships are coming to Falmouth in August 2021 to start their 10-day race to Spain.

Roseland Youth Sailing Trust has arranged for 10 young people from Cornwall to take part aboard 24m TS Maybe.

Our voyagers will learn how to rig sails, tie knots, navigate at sea and steer the ship. Lots of hard work and plenty of fun racing the other tall ships to A Coruna.

This will be an exciting trip on a historic two-masted gaff ketch. Maybe took part in the first ever International Tall Ships Race in 1956. 65 years later, she’s one of the few original boats still competing in the International Tall Ship Races.

An exciting trip for our voyagers – and for us. This is the first step towards our goal of supporting young people aged 16-plus who’ve taken part in our schools sailing programme, helping them get the experience and skills needed for quality jobs in maritime and related industries.

The project would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors, who will pay for berths, return travel and insurance, so the trip is completely free for our lucky voyagers.

A big thank you to CAD Architects, H Tiddy Estate Agents, St Just in Roseland Parish Council, St Mawes Pier & Harbour Company and St Mawes Sailing Club, who have each sponsored a place for one of the voyagers.

And thank you twice over to Phillips Frith and Superyacht Charities, who have each sponsored places for two voyagers.

We’re also grateful to Classic Sailing who have kindly waived their arrangement fee for booking places aboard Maybe.

We asked sponsors to tell us why they’re supporting the project. Here’s what they said:


CAD Architects are a leading architectural practice based in Cornwall with a wealth of expertise in the design and delivery of buildings.

“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.” Steve Hooper, Architectural Director


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.

“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.”  Derek Holman, Chairman and Director


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.

“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.“  Ian Chalmers, Senior Partner


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.

“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.” Helen Couch, Clerk to the Parish Council


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.

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.” Martin Bidmead, Harbour Master


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.

“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.” Chris de Glanville, Commodor


Superyacht Charities 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.

“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 10 young people from Cornwall who might otherwise never have the opportunity.” Derek Munro, Chairman


Classic Sailing is the UK’s foremost provider of ocean adventure, offering unforgettable experiences, courses and holidays on traditional boats. Based in St Mawes, its fleet has extended to 20 vessels ranging from the 55-foot Moosk to the 65-metre Tenacious, sailing all areas in and around the Atlantic from the Canaries to the Orkneys and from the Caribbean to the Baltic.

“Over 25 years we’ve sent 5000 people of all ages on trips of a lifetime. We trust RYST’s 10 voyagers on Maybe will find the race a uniquely exciting experience and look forward to welcoming them back glowing with the pride of their achievement.” Adam Purser, Founder