Using Sail Training to Inspire & Change Lives
Morvargh Sailing Project provides positive youth development opportunities for young people aged 11+ by delivering Sail Training voyages on our yacht, Helen Mary R. Incorporated in 2010 as a Community Interest Company (CIC).
We deliver offshore sailing voyages to mixed crews from widely differing socio-economic backgrounds. Our voyages are unique, being both physically and mentally challenging; young people develop a range of skills that can transfer to their day-to-day lives to help them overcome any barriers and thrive. Working together as a team they build self-confidence and self-esteem and see a significant improvement in their communication and leadership skills.
90% of young people sailing with us learn something about themselves which will make a positive change in their life; some make profound life-changing discoveries that lead to tremendous positive change!
Nothing in the world packs as many life lessons in a single activity as that of sailing. It teaches teamwork, engineering, history, patience, oceanography, ecology, geography, maths and many others all in one fell swoop. Because of this, we believe every child and young person should have the opportunity to learn to sail.
When children and young people start making connections between sailing and their real lives in two or three areas, these traits develop, transfer more naturally and instinctively, and become embedded in a person’s character. There is an almost universal consensus that these character traits are as important as exam results when shaping young people’s life chances. These character ‘skills’ are much sought after by employers.
Our Tall Ship, Helen Mary R is a natural extension of this philosophy; she requires hard physical work and cannot be sailed without teamwork, communication & resilience, both on deck and below. Most people come to us with little or no sailing experience, but nearly all find it a life-changing experience!