One year ago we returned from; what was for me, the most rewarding and humbling sailing trip of my life. We'd just circumnavigated the UK, travelling an impressive 1777nm and visiting 17 amazing places.

What made this different was the 8 young people we had on board. They had been inspired by the promise of adventure, of a voyage of a lifetime. I am extremely proud to say this is what they got and in bucketfuls. These intrepid sailing adventurers stepped aboard ready with the grit & determination to make it happen. From flat calm and no wind, to Force 7 winds and 3 metre seas they took everything that nature threw at them and thrived!

We sailed out of the Western entrance of Plymouth Sound and 1777 nautical miles later (and a lot of adventures along the way) they sailed back in through the Eastern entrance having completed a circumnavigation of the UK. They left a boat of individuals; they returned as friends for life. They were more confident, more motivated, more driven, and better able to communicate, the change in them was massive and positive.

What that voyage made us realise was that the term we use to describe what we do, 'sail training' could be confused by some to mean teaching people to sail. The history of Sail Training can be tracked back to as far back as the 1850's, institutions such as the Navy Lads' Brigade were taking young boys to sea for a taste of adventure and to prepare them for life in the Navy.

Sail Training as we know it today can be seen emerging during the late 1950s and early 1960s when organisations such as the Sail Training Association, London Sailing Project (where Helen Mary R came from) and the Ocean Youth Club were formed. Rather than preparing young people for a career at sea, Sail Training now focusses on life and team skills that can be used anywhere and develop more rounded and confident citizens. We are proud to be part of that sail training family.

Although they probably don't realise it; these 8 young people taught us a lot; they taught us its the adventure, the challenge, the risk, that excites them. To that end we looked at how we market Morvargh Sailing Project to young people. We decided we needed to focus on the adventure, the challenge, the risk and to that end we're all really excited to present our new website:

Don't worry Morvargh is still Morvargh, our new website and marketing materials will reflect our ethos of providing sailing adventures. Our mission is still the same: Using sail training to inspire and change lives. The way to change those lives is through adventuring, exploring and finding yourself.

We'd love to hear your thoughts on the new site, why not let us know in the comments below.

Fair winds

Matt Barraud




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