Midlothian teenagers take part in Clyde sailing voyage

Ten youngsters from Midlothian took part in an Ocean Youth Trust Scotland voyage on the Upper Clyde

Ten youngsters from Midlothian took part in an Ocean Youth Trust Scotland voyage on the Upper Clyde

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Ten young people from Midlothian recently set sail on a five-day adventure of the Upper Clyde.

The youngsters were part of an Ocean Youth Trust Scotland voyage funded by governmental programme CashBack for Communities.

The group explored the waters of the Upper Clyde, departing and returning into James Watt Dock in Greenock.

The weather was kind to the first-time sailors as they took on all the challenges of sailing the 70ft yacht Alba Venturer. They learned to navigate and steer the boat, hoist and drop the sails, tie knots and cook for the whole crew. All the young people threw themselves into the experience and worked hard to achieve the goals they set themselves.

With future goals of joining the navy, performing well on upcoming exams, going to college and getting on better with family members, the confidence gained and lessons learned during the voyage will make a difference for everyone in the group.

All members of the crew received the Royal Yachting Association’s Start Yachting Level 1 Award, the SQA’s Level 3 Speaking and Listening qualification.

Also taking part in the voyage were two group leaders, Shona Moonie and Luke James. Luke said: “It has been an incredible experience watching the young people develop their team work skills, gain confidence and learn how to sail the Alba Venturer. Each individual pushed themselves out of their comfort zones and made the most of the five days at sea.

“Now we plan to keep their momentum going and support the young people in their next steps whether that be applying for employment, college or volunteering.”

Scotland completed 53 voyages with 552 young people in 2015.