Jubilee Sailing Trust Opportunity Offered To Youngsters

The tall ship Tenacious

Two islanders aged between 16 and 19 will be funded for a training trip aboard a Jubilee Trust tall ship.

The organisation was founded to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee 35 years ago and their vessel, Tenacious, took part in Sunday’s flotilla on the Thames.

The Trust develops the skills of people of all ages and crews their ships with a mixture of able-bodied and disabled volunteers.

A special group of nine volunteers has been set up within the islands’ recently-formed University of the Third Age to secure the estimated £1,200 needed to send the trainees to London for the week-long course in September.

Maureen Stuttaford says the sailing club in Scilly used to sponsor a young person every year on one of the Trust’s ships but she says that stopped some years ago.

From Radio Scilly

Maureen and Lisa talk to Radio Scilly about the course

Now, Maureen and her fellow U3A members want Scilly to reconnect with the Trust and to help local young people experience tall ship sailing with people of different abilities and backgrounds. She says her daughter Claire gained a great deal from her Jubilee Trust experience several years ago and she’s keen for other younger islanders to benefit in the same way.

Maureen went aboard the Trust’s ship Lord Nelson when it was in Scilly recently with a group of U3A members of all ages. Maureen feels younger islanders would benefit from being part of such a diverse crew and seeing what all crew members are capable of.

Lisa Magill from U3A sailed with the Jubilee Trust last year. She was impressed at how they engage disabled crew and people of all ages.

Lisa says the ships are fully enabled for disabled people including lifts to all decks and they can even get to the crow’s nest via a special harness. Crew are given blindfolds so they understand what a challenge the trip is for their blind crewmates.

And she doesn’t want applicants to think it’s going to be a jolly. Lisa says there’ll be no topping up of the tan on deck, with long but enjoyable hours of work on the ship.

Lisa says youngsters who have taken the trip have told her they became more rounded individuals and better equipped for the workplace.

The Trust usually sail to the Continent from London and participants will live and work with people from a range of backgrounds and age groups.

The trip will run from the 2nd to 8th September and application forms will be available from Joel Williams at Carn Thomas from today.

Applicants don’t need any sailing experience and will be interviewed by the U3A members.


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