This year’s sail training trip was tremendous!
Over the last 3 years St. Bede’s and St. Joseph’s Catholic College have supported 55 students to discover sailing. These trips have been truly life changing for the students and they have inspired them to go on to greater adventures for charity, for example, by walking across the Sahara!
The Karim family thought it was such a good thing they sent three of their children – Maham, Aatteeqa and Tasneem on tall ship voyages in 2014; 2015 and 2016. They all said “It was just awesome!”.
The students have all largely self-funded their voyages through bag packing at Morrisons. But without the support of school the annual sail training programmes could not have occurred.
We have also received supplementary funding from Bradford Councils Youth Opportunities Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
During the Easter holidays 2017 we will be sailing around the Spanish coast to Port Vigo and the Atlantic Islands as we focus upon marine conservation as we whale and dolphin watch!
There is also the opportunity to sail across the Atlantic to Newfoundland during the 2017 Transatlantic Tall Ships Race. Newfoundland is a large Canadian island off the east coast of the North American mainland, and the most populous part of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The island is separated from the Labrador Peninsula by the Strait of Belle Isle and from Cape Breton Island by the Cabot Strait. It blocks the mouth of the Saint Lawrence River, creating the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, the world's largest estuary. Newfoundland's nearest neighbour is the French overseas community of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon!
Who couldn’t like sailing if it takes you to places like these – so why not encourage our 15+ students to become a modern day Christopher Columbus! They will learn so much about themselves, their stamina, resilience, character and personality on all of these voyages!
They’ll also have to self-fund their trips and not just go to the bank of mum and dad! Now that’s a skill worth learning for any young person.
We are looking for 2 students from Y12/Y13 to complete the Transatlantic Race – legs of the race cost from £1,000 to £3,400 per person.
We are also looking for 24 students 15+ years old to sail for a week at a cost of £300 per person.
So far we have raised and spent £25,000 over 3 years on sailing – so we know it can be done!
All we need is commitment, dedication and teamwork from our sail trainee students.
EASTER VIGO SAIL & TRANSATLANTIC RACE CLOSING DATES FOR £50 NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSITS TO BE ACCEPTED AS PART OF A CREW - 1st OCTOBER 2017.
On receipt of a deposit each sail trainee will be issued with a payment card to record their contributions. There will also be a commitment of 8 day’s bag packing to be completed to help fund the voyages.
For any further information please contact Mr Tony Walker.