Friday 23 February 2018

20 local youths to sail the high seas

Twenty local youths will experience the trip of a lifetime this summer when they participate in a five day Sail training Ireland course which coincides the the Drogheda Maritime Festival.

The course is made possible by the Drogheda Sail Training Bursary Scheme which sponsors Drogheda youths to take part in this unique and often life changing experience.

Drogheda Port Company hosted a Sponsors Launch for the Drogheda Sail Training Bursary recently which marked a unique new sponsorship structure between Public and Private enterprise from the locality. Drogheda Port Company and Louth County Council have teamed up with Irish Cement and Fast Terminals to form the new financial driver of this youth sail training initiative which is going from strength to strength.

The Bursary was established back in 2013 by Sail Training Ireland and Drogheda Port Company in association with a number of local companies, and was the first of its kind in Ireland, the anchor scheme, which has led to the subsequent development of similar bursaries in Cork, Belfast, Waterford and Derry so far.

The scheme offers young people the opportunity to undertake voyages on classic sailing ships as part of the working crew and the experience often has a profound effect on their outlook on life. It also helps the young people involved to develop a good work ethic, motivation, confidence, resilience, a sense of adventure and in some cases sets them on a path for a maritime career. 'It can be a really positive experience and it have have a transformational effect for some of the young people in terms of what they want to do with the rest of their lives,' said Sail Training Ireland CEO Daragh Sheridan.

Twenty trainees are chosen from those nominated by community groups, youth organisations and schools and there are two voyages during the training course, one which sails in to Drogheda to coincide with the Maritime Festival and a second which leaves town at the end of the festival.

There will be ten participants on each voyage with the first one leaving Dublin on June 5th to arrive in Drogheda on June 9th in time for the start of the festival.

Drogheda Independent

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