Maritime education grant for a residential voyage inspires students

Andrew* is a 3rd year BSc Navigation and Maritime Science student at University of Plymouth. As part of his training, he undertook a six-day residential voyage organised by our beneficiary charity The Island Trust, on board Tectona, an 80ft Gaff Rigged Ketch built in 1928.

During the week Matt and his crew fellows sailed from Plymouth to Falmouth and back, via Loo, Charlestown and Fowey. Matt was responsible for hoisting sails, cleaning, cooking and navigating along with the other crew members. He says: ‘The Duty Skipper and Duty Mate proved to be very professional, knowledgeable and accommodating to our needs. I cannot praise them enough for the quality of seamanship that they had between them.’

With varied boat handling abilities and seamanship skills across the group, the young crew found some tasks more challenging than the others, but overall performed very well as a team, keeping their morale high and enjoying the experience.

‘Sailing on Tectona was the best sailing experience of my life. It brought me closer to my course mates and closer to my love of sailing. I could not recommend this experience enough.’

*Name has been changed to avoid identification

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