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A life-changing project sets sail from Oban again this spring and is looking for crew.
Last summer 40 young people whose work prospects had been hit by Covid took part in a sailing adventure run as part of the Our Isles and Oceans and now applications are open once more for another 40 to join it when it returns this year – you must be aged between 18 and 35.
The Our Isles and Oceans training yacht will race alongside 10 other yachts in a circumnavigation around the world and through the programme those who have taken part in the initial sailing training will be able to apply to secure a funded position on the 2023-24 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Gordon Ritchie, managing director of Our Isles and Oceans, said: ‘We are training young people for one of the biggest adventures in their life where we will be looking to create a winning racing team with competitive sailors who have gone through our
own training programme.
‘The Clipper Race is a fantastic ocean race to be part of as it provides a unique opportunity for business and networking, and we intend on promoting our
message of opportunity on the global stage as we cross the race start line.’
Elizabeth Balmer, 27, from Largs, was on last summer’s programme after suffering with long-Covid for more than one year.
‘This was my chance to get back out there. Having the opportunity to immerse myself with people, after being scared to get Covid again and losing my confidence has been really special. The fact that I’ve managed to do it, I feel like I’m finally back and I’ve recovered,’ she said.
Our Isles and Oceans Founders, David Stewart Howitt and Anthony Stodart, hope the new programme, starting at the end of April or start of May, will continue to make a positive change in young people’s lives.
‘We are really excited to be heading into our second season of programmes for 18 to 35-ear-olds who need a hand getting the ladder of life re-erected after the last two years. I can’t wait to welcome them on board once again,’ said Mr Stodart.
The project offers applicants the chance to learn from experienced professionals
and to push themselves outside their comfort zone to equip them for the challenges of
today’s employment marketplace, he added.
Mr Stewart Howitt said: ‘The success of the first programme, the ambassadors coming off the programme with smiles on their faces, makes all the hard work worthwhile. We want to encourage young people to get back out there, to live their lives and we hope we’re giving back after all the sacrifices they have made since the pandemic begun.’
Interested in applying? Visit www.ourislesandoceans.co.uk