The Chesil Sailing Trust

The Chesil Sailing Trust


Almost 40 young people will set sail aboard Weymouth’s tall ship Pelican this Spring as a result of funding from the Chesil Sailing Trust.

The Dorset based charity with a national focus, is enabling 37 lucky young people to sail to the Channel Islands and France on two separate voyages over the Easter holidays.

On the first voyage students from the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy (IPACA) will join young people from the Archbishop Tenison School in Kennington, London, and the Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester on a voyage to the Channel Islands and France.  In addition to these students, funded by the Trust, there will be students from Weymouth College on board. 

On the second voyage to the Channel Islands and France the Trust is enabling more students from IPACA to have the experience, together with young people from Wey Valley School and from the Sea Cadets.  For many of these young people it will be the first time that they have been away from home and for them all it will be a great adventure.

Each young person has been asked to raise between £80 and £100 towards their trip as not all costs are paid for by the Trust - they are doing this in a number of interesting ways including car washing and doing chores.

John Tweed, the Chairman of the Chesil Sailing Trust explained: “We are delighted to be able to offer this opportunity of experiencing life on a tall ship to a number of young people, both locally and from further afield.  We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Worshipful Company of Dyers, a London livery company, in helping to make these voyages possible.  Our experience with both the tall ship programme and our other very successful programmes for young people including ‘Sail for a Fiver’ is that the young people value the experience more if they have had to do a bit of work to contribute towards the costs, rather than getting their full costs paid.  That is why we only provide a proportion of the cost – in the case of the tall ship voyages, 80% of the costs.

“We know that the young people will have an experience they will remember and value for the whole of their lives and we are delighted that we have been able to provide this locally through another charity ‘Adventure Under Sail’ and their tall ship ‘Pelican’.”

Becky Simmons, Marketing and Fundraising Officer for Adventure Under Sail, adds: “We are hugely looking forward to having young people from Dorset and London on board together and have produced a special learning programme for them to coincide with the sail training they will receive. This programme focuses on integration, cultural understanding, team work, and respect.”