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Jon Leeding


Jon Leeding


Offshore crew

Please tell us a bit about yourself 

Having sailed since I was about six, initially crewing dinghies for my dad on a small inland lake, I have come quite a long way. In the early days I was scared of falling in the water and would have to be encouraged (bribed?!) with ice cream. It’s crazy to think how happy time afloat makes me now.

Sailing, and time on boats, has brought me amazing memories, great friendships and increased confidence in myself. Being on and around water is my happy place 🙂 When not sailing I can often be found on my SUP board, outdoor swimming and other outdoor adventures.

My first trip with TSYT (as an adult participant) came just before the COVID pandemic and I was immediately gripped and wanted more. It took several months to get to sail again, but I have been addicted ever since!

I live in York and when not volunteering for TSYT, I work as a net zero advisor in the construction industry.

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

I started out as a Watch Leader and enjoyed building my sailing skills and learning how amazing it is to take groups out who potentially never seen the sea before, let alone been on a boat.

Through the amazing support of the TSYT offshore crew, I am now also able to sail as a Volunteer Mate. I enjoy both roles – as a Watch Leader I really get to know the young people I’m supporting, and while sailing as a Mate, it’s fun to support in the overall delivery of great voyages.

Onshore, I am supporting TSYT with improving the sustainability of our operations and future plans. This is a great role and something I’m really proud to be helping with.

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

Very tricky question! My very first trip as a Watch Leader stands out to me. It was in October 2020 and came at the end of a tricky summer for everyone. Despite complex (but understandable) regulations we all had to work around, we had a safe, fun and inspiring week with an amazing group of voyage crew.

One of my watch enjoyed washing up so much, we awarded him his trusty marigolds as a memento to take home!

The spirit and energy of that trip helped me through the long winter lockdowns that followed.

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

It’s the most helpful, supportive and inclusive organisation I’ve come across. TSYT is a pleasure to be part of, come and join us!

Please describe your job in three words

Varied. Fun. Memorable.

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

My apple crumble – I’m yet to try and do it at sea though!​

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