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Martha Kneebone


Offshore crew

Please tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a currently a Volunteer Mate, and working towards getting a commercially endorsed Yachtmaster Coastal. I’ve been sailing since I was 8. I started with dingy sailing, then upgraded to yachting when I came on a voyage as a young person in 2018.

I’m going to study Economics at University in September 2023 and in the meantime I’m making the most of the opportunities to sail and work with young people here at Tall Ships Youth Trust.

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

As a Mate, I am in charge of directing onboard activities and get closely involved with everything our youth crews do on voyage, from teaching essential cooking skills to sail hoists.

I act on direction from the Skipper and you could find me supervising an engine check, while discussing the latest TikTok trends. ?

I am the first point of contact for any questions that the crew have and I love seeing how quickly we bond as a team on board.

I also do maintenance work on, which is a lot of fun, fixing and improving our fleet!

What has been your most memorable moment?

Every voyage has memorable moments, but a few special ones include seeing shooting stars while sailing across the Bay of Biscay, every time we see dolphins (cue me going “look dolphins wow!” for about 10 minutes straight), the ‘bucket of friendship’ that a group named as they passed the sick bucket around, and watching young people form a love for sailing over the course of a voyage.

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

We are a big family, living and working together for weeks at a time gives us an especially close bond that you don’t find elsewhere. We support each other unconditionally, and I deeply appreciate all the encouragement I have received, both as a young person on voyage and now as a Watch Leader.

Please describe your job in three words

Exhilarating. Fulfilling. Entertaining.

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

I’d quite like to be famous for living entirely off grid, and self sustaining. That would be cool!

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