A Life Changing Opportunity
A fantastic opportunity for ten young people aged between 14 & 18 to experience the United Kingdom in a way few others have, by sea. ASPIRE360 is a major circumnavigation of the UK, sailing over 1945 nautical miles!
Young people do not need any previous sailing experience as the staff on board (called Afterguard) will teach them everything they need to know. They will meet new people and work together to set sails, steer, keep watch and cook.
The 1945-mile voyage will have many benefits and will use our youth scheme to encourage and develop young people across a range of outcomes. Young people will see the direct achievements of working, living and communicating as a team and develop the skills they need to become self-aware, self-confident, and resilient adults. The unique environment of an offshore sailing yacht is the best place for a person to learn about themselves, other people, and the world they live. On a small boat at sea, participants have no choice but to live and work together, communicate, overcome difficulty, and take responsibility.
ASPIRE360 will depart again from Fowey on the 3rd of April 2023 and sail in a west-about direction around the UK. The route will visit 20 unique ports in the UK and Ireland, with events and educational visits planned throughout.
Young people will swap the comforts of home for single bunks, a moving deck and having to learn how to cook, clean and look after each other as they get used to their new home.
ASPIRE360 is an Expedition class voyage, and as such, the sailing consists of much longer legs between ports. Quite often, we’ll be at sea for over 24hrs with some legs over 40hrs! Young people taking part will be divided into two equal watches, which allows the boat to sail continually whilst allowing everyone enough sleep.
It will be a challenge to see them battle strong winds, freezing temperatures and rough seas throughout the trip, as well as marvelling at our beautiful coastline under sun-drenched skies.
It will be a feat of pure physical, mental, emotional and academic endurance, but one which will change young people forever.
They will make strong bonds with their crewmates, increase their understanding of themselves and their boundaries and most importantly, have the confidence that they can try and excel at anything!