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James McCannon


Offshore crew

Please tell us a bit about yourself

Starting in dinghy sailing, progressing through the RYA pathway, I am a keen sailor with an interest in exploration and racing.

After first sailing with Tall Ships Youth Trust as a member of the youth crew, with the Hive Youth Zone, I became hooked with big boat sailing and have never looked back.

Since returning as a Watch Leader, I have worked to develop my theoretical and practical understanding of sailing, including building upon my wider teamwork and leadership skills. I’m now also taking on the role of Volunteer Mate, and I’m excited for the future opportunities that this will provide.

Please tell us a bit about your role at Tall Ships Youth Trust

From a first welcome, to pulling up sails, fixing the heads and mopping out the bilges, my role is to work with the Skipper and all offshore crew to ensure that we can deliver a programme that will develop our young… and not so young people, allowing them to push the boundaries of what they previously thought was impossible.

What has been your most memorable moment at Tall Ships Youth Trust?

This is one hard question. In short there are many.

Though, one of my greatest achievements with TSYT will have to be crossing the finishing line with all the crew of Challenger 4 during the 2023 Rolex Fastnet Race.

The feeling of accomplishment as a crew is something that no other experience has provided and something that will remain with me for a very long time to come!

What is one thing you think people should know about Tall Ships Youth Trust?

Tall Ships Youth Trust is more than just sailing. It is a family of people from all backgrounds who come together and share their experiences and knowledge.

You will develop opportunities and experiences that will last a lifetime.

Please describe your job in three words




If you were famous, what would you be famous for?

On the bow at 3am, smashing through waves. Loving life!

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