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Setting sail on big adventure

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: March 21, 2013

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TEN young people from Swansea aged 16 to 25 set sail on Monday, March 18, for an adventure of a lifetime.

The five-day voyage from Portsmouth and back will probably visit the Isle of White, Weymouth, Falmouth, Plymouth and return to Portsmouth.

The Tall Ships Youth Trust, formerly the Sail Training Association, is a registered charity founded in 1956 that is dedicated to the personal development of young people through the crewing of ocean-going sail training vessels. It is the UK's oldest and largest sail training charity for young people aged 12 to 25.

The voyage will be a unique and memorable experience for the ten young people.

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They will get involved in all aspects of sailing the yacht, including stowing and handling sails, helming, working in the galley and cleaning the heads (toilets). They will be split into watches and then work together with this group of people to sail the yacht. Through this unique sailing experience, the Trust introduces young people to life in a small maritime community, living in close proximity to others, sharing facilities, carrying out routines and learning as a team to sail the vessels and live onboard.

The voyage will provided accredited outcomes for the young people including: Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, residential section, RYA start sailing and youth university participation.

The project forms part of a pilot project being funded by the City & County Young People's Service in Partnership with Tall ships, for young people from Swansea seeking education, training or employment.

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