During a time of hardship in my personal life, Tall Ships welcomed me into their crew and treated me as though I'd been there for the 64 years they've been operating. From that experience, I was made to believe I was as capable as the most experienced skippers, with everyone challenging me to be the best version of myself, I was able to find a sense of belonging. If I can raise enough to give just one young person the same experience, I will feel as though I'd done all I can to return the favour - and of course get more young people on the water: for me, it is now my favourite place to be and it wouldn't be the same without the Tall Ships Family.

Michaela Sylvian