We are completing the build of a new engine-less steel sailing barge that will deliver cargoes to wharves and other landings entirely under sail. Therefore, we are expanding our traditional work with deprived and disadvantaged young people and devising appropriate training courses in readiness.
Whirlwind has generously offered us the support we need to start training young people who have expressed interest in becoming experienced crew, qualified mates and skippers to form a future career progression ladder. Training will include maintenance experience and lead to employment opportunities in the traditional maritime sector. To this end we will be running 2 residential courses at sea this summer of 5 days for up to 12 people each.
Oarsome Chance is a ground-breaking charity that aims to bring about change for disadvantaged young people in the Portsmouth, Gosport and Havant areas by using the powerful combination of maritime sports with vocational training.
Young people aged 9-19 years on the Oarsome Chance educational programmes are often disengaged from mainstream education. The vocational training we provide – which includes boat building and canvas skills along with on-the-water activities – delivers fantastic benefits that help them connect to a brighter future.
Thanks to a donation from The Whirlwind Charitable Trust, a group of our young people will have the opportunity to gain squib keelboat sail training and take part in the National Squib Association 50th Anniversary Regatta at Cowes Week.
Since 2011 this unique and exciting programme has provided visually impaired adults with the opportunity to take part in adventurous activities, including climbing, cycling, caving and triathlon training. These challenging courses are often life changing, building independence and self-confidence as new skills are honed in a fun way through immersion in the outdoors.
Participants make new friends and become regulars on these courses as there is nothing comparative on offer for adults in the UK. This year’s donation from Whirlwind will be used to fund 6 participants (+ their volunteer guides) to spend a weekend canoeing and another 4 (+ guides) to attend a week-long expedition off the south coast living on a 40ft yacht and learning to sail.
HRCST is extending its existing water-sports tuition to a group of young people who have a range of learning disabilities. The course will deliver 14 sailing/watersports sessions.
Whilst already working with SEND schools for young people, we established the need for extending the water-sports sessions to older SEND children, due to the demand we have for these courses.
We have adapted our sessions to be very accessible and structured, enabling children and young people of varying disabilities to make progress over the course of 14 weeks and so achieve their personal goals.
This grant from WCT will cover the additional costs of our RYA accredited Sailing Instructors, as a higher teacher:student ratio is required for these sessions.