TEN young people aged 12-15 set sail on a four-night voyage from Plymouth to Swansea on Sunday (31st) onboard an iconic 72ft Challenger yacht with Tall Ships Youth Trust (TSYT) on the second leg of its Round Britain Adventure.
The young people are a mixed group of five girls and five boys from Youth Action Wiltshire. Together with their youth workers, Rachel Greig and Reece Pike, they will take part in a once in a lifetime experience sailing onboard TSYT’s Challenger 4 — famous for having sailed twice round the world as part of the Global Challenge Races.
Steve Crawley, Head of Youth Action Wiltshire, said: “We are extremely grateful to everyone who has made this fantastic adventure possible. It offers a unique opportunity for young people accessing our Splash and Wiltshire Young Carers Services to develop confidence, teamwork and leadership skills, and create memories that will last a lifetime.”
TSYT is the UK’s oldest and largest youth development sail training charity and is delighted to be running its Round Britain Adventure tour for the first time since 2019.
Chas Cowell, Youth Development and Volunteer Manager at TSYT, said: “We’re excited to welcome the young people onboard for this special voyage, especially after the setbacks caused by the pandemic, which have meant we’ve not been able to run this tour for the past two years. This has exacerbated some of the difficulties many young people were already facing and now need extra support for.
“We believe all young people should have the opportunity to take part in a transformational youth development voyage with us.”
Throughout the residential adventure, the young people will get involved in all aspects of sailing and crewing the boats. From start to finish they’ll be doing everything from steering to food preparation, maintenance and cleaning.
Importantly, they’ll be supported by TSYT’s professionally trained crew who work with young people to increase their practical life skills as well as develop their personal and social skills.