Cork Sail Training Bursary Scheme

Cork Sail Training Bursary Scheme

Monday 12 September 2016

Patron: Michael D. Higgins, PRESIDENT OF IRELAND

8TH SEPTEMBER 2016

PRESS RELEASE – CORK SAIL TRAINING BURSARY SCHEME – COORDINATED BY SAIL TRAINING IRELAND

BRENDAN KEATING, CEO, PORT OF CORK AND COMMODORE HUGH TULLY, F.O.C.N.S. TO WELCOME YOUNG PEOPLE THAT SAILED AS PART OF THE CORK SAIL TRAINING BURSARY SCHEME 2016.

Celebrating the achievement of 32 young people from all backgrounds and a range of abilities across Cork City and County who have completed voyages aboard the Cork-Based Vessel Spirit of Oysterhaven and the Dutch Tall Ship Morgenster during the 2016 season. These voyages were made possible by the assistance of a group of generous sponsors including Port of Cork, Cork City Council, Cork County Council, EMC, Ardmore Shipping, The Institute of Master Mariners and the National Maritime College of Ireland.

Due to extra support from Port of Cork, Cork County Council and Cork City Council Morgenster made a visit to Cork in June and hosted events and “open-ship” for public visits in Cork City and in Cobh during the Cork Harbour Festival 2016.

13 trainees from the City and County sailed the ship over 12 days from Belfast, via Isle of Man to Cork.  Another 3 Cork trainees sailed from Cork to Amsterdam over 19 days arriving in Amsterdam at the end of June.  These trainees formed part of groups with up-to 32 trainees and mentors on each voyage which were part funded using EU “Erasmus +” funding and involved active educational programmes of youth development as part of “Youth Exchange” projects.

The Cork Sail Training Bursary Scheme was established in 2014 to provide access to Sail Training voyages on tall ships and large sailing vessels for young people from the region. Now in its third year the scheme is one of the largest and most active on the Island of Ireland and runs in parallel with similar schemes now in operation under Sail Training Ireland in Belfast, Drogheda, Dublin, Waterford, Wexford, Limerick and Galway. The participants are nominated through a network of youth and community groups in Cork and places are available to young people from all backgrounds and with all abilities. The scheme has supported approximately 50 trainees since 2014 and looks likely to grow from strength to strength over the coming years.

Also present on the day will be trainees sponsored under one of Sail Training Ireland’s “SafeHaven Voyages” sponsored by “Arthur Cox”. Their voyage on board the “Spirit of Oysterhaven” finishes today (day of event 9th of September), following 6 days at sea beginning in Glandore County Cork.

“The whole experience from since we first met until the last moment I will never forget. The scenery, the sea sickness, the lifestyle and most of all the people I spent this journey with. I’ve made some lovely friends and will never forget them.” Cork Trainee 2015.

 

MC for the event is RTE Radio “SeaScapes” Presenter Marcus Connaughton (Goodwill Ambassador for Sail Training Ireland) and the certificates will be presented to trainees by Commodore Hugh Tully Flag Officer Commanding Naval Service (F.O.C.N.S.). The Naval Service is a strong supporter of Sail Training for young people as a stepping stone into maritime careers and has recently made the Naval Yacht “Creidne” available for voyages for young people selected by Sail Training Ireland.

NOTES TO THE EDITOR:

 

What is Sail Training? : THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME – NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!

Sail Training is a fun and exciting adventure, which has a profound impact on the lives of participants. “Trainees” take part in voyages at sea on tall ships and large yachts during which they become part of the working crew. This experience provides an excellent environment for personal and social development. It is not so much learning to sail as learning from sailing, the vessel, the sea and most importantly from yourself. It is a medium for education outside the classroom with an emphasis on learning through experience. A trainee’s first voyage often proves to be a turning point in their lives.

 

Sail Training Ireland

Sail Training Ireland was founded in 2011 by a number of former directors of Cóiste an Asgard (disbanded following the loss of Asgard 2). The core objective of the Charity is to create access to Sail Training voyages for young people from all backgrounds and with all abilities across the island of Ireland. Central to the Charity is the belief that participation in a Sail Training voyage provides a very valuable personal development experience for young people.

President Michael D. Higgins is Patron of Sail Training Ireland.

Applications:

Sail Training Ireland relies on organisations such as youth groups, community projects, scouts, and clubs that work with young people to nominate deserving candidates for funded berths. Both organisations and individuals can apply for places on these and future voyages. To receive an application form please email info@irishsailtraining.com or call 01 855 9597. Funded voyage berths are open to 15-30 year olds and people of all ages with disabilities. Sail Training Ireland is The National Sail Training Organisation of Ireland (NSTO) and represent Ireland at Sail Training International level in this capacity.

Contact: Michael Byrne, Manager, Sail Training Ireland – Michael.byrne@irishsailtraining.com

086 034 6038


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