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VSK and Ocean Youth Trust - working together with our children

Posted on by Judy Molyneux

Ocean Youth Trust South (OYTS) is a charity which uses Adventure Under Sail as a personal development opportunity for young people aged 12-25, taking them to sea in their 30-metre vessel Prolific.

The voyage is designed to develop confidence, team-working, the ability to cope with unfamiliar situations and tolerance and understanding of others. Young crew members not only help to sail the boat, keep watch and help to navigate; they also learn basic life skills such as cooking and healthy eating.

OYTThis year VSK were lucky to be able to offer 11 places on the voyage to young people on a 4-night voyage from/to Southampton from 29 May to 2 June 2019. The group joined on Wednesday and sailed to Cowes on the first night. Next day they sailed to Studland Bay and anchored, with time to enjoy fishing over the side. Friday was another sail to Weymouth for the beach and ice cream, and Saturday was a long passage back to the Solent where they moored up for the night outside Yarmouth. The even spotted Dolphins along the way! The voyage finished in Southampton on Sunday after 151 nautical miles.

The Voyage was a success and eight of the eleven participants also earned Royal Yachting Association Start Yachting certificates - this award is a recognised qualification which young people can keep in their Record of Achievement. It shows that they mastered some basic sailing skills; but perhaps even more importantly, earning the certificate also provides evidence of transferable skills. To complete it, they had to be able to listen, concentrate, work in a team, practise things when they initially struggled, until they were able to get them right, take part in routine tasks such as cooking and cleaning as well as the more exciting jobs, cope with living in an entirely unfamiliar situation, cope with being away from home, undertake tasks which some will have found really challenging, take responsibility when asked, and much more.

They should all be proud of themselves for doing so well.