Do you know a young person that would like to Sail Round Britain?
Now is their chance! They can undertake the Aspire 360 Round Britain Sailing Challenge, but there are only a few days left to apply.
Morvargh Sailing Project has launched a fantastic opportunity for eight young people aged between 14 & 18 to experience the United Kingdom in a way few others have, by sea. But time is running out for applications – the deadline is the end of January!
ASPIRE 360 is a major circumnavigation of the UK, sailing over 1735 nautical miles, visiting 16 amazing ports and 2 countries. Young people do not need any previous sailing experience as the staff on board (called Afterguard) will teach them everything they need to know. They will meet new people and work together to set sails, steer, keep watch and even cook.
ASPIRE 360 will depart Plymouth’s Sutton Harbour and sail in a Westabout direction around the UK. The route will visit 16 ports in the UK and Ireland with events and educational visits planned in each port.
The young people will swap the comforts of home for single bunks, a moving deck and having to learn how to cook, clean and look after each other as they get used to their new home. At 57 feet, and weighing 30tons, Tall Ship, Helen Mary R is as long as five cars and weighs the equivalent of two double decker busses! The largest sail, which the young people will have to manually hoist, is 60ft tall and 40ft wide.
It will be a challenge which will see them battle strong winds, freezing temperatures and rough seas at times throughout the trip; as well as marvelling at our beautiful coastline under sun-drenched skies. It will be a feat of pure physical, mental, emotional and academic endurance, but one which will leave the young people changed forever. They will make strong bonds with their crew mates, increase their own understanding of themselves and their boundaries and most importantly have the confidence that they can try and excel at anything!
To take part, participants need to be aged between 14 and 18 years old and be given permission by their school. The maximum cost is £1247, but will hopefully be reduced through sponsorship, business support and/or bursary funding; although it must be noted at the time of going to press this is still being organised.
ASPIRE 360 is already oversubscribed and as such we will be running a selection process to choose the best young people to sail on this life changing voyage. We have partnered with the Mount Batten Watersports and Activity Centre to help us with this difficult task. The centre has a long history of providing quality outdoor courses and experiences and their staff will be invaluable. Please do visit their website for more information on the courses and experiences they provide.
Interested? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 07481 546577 if you have any questions about the challenge. If you would like to refer a young person or would like to register your school’s interest in ASPIRE360 then get in touch as soon as possible! https://www.morvargh-sailing.co.uk/roundbritainchallenge/