#ASPIRE360 - Press Release

#ASPIRE360 - Press Release

Morvargh Sailing Projects official Press Release for ASPIRE360 Round Britain Challenge

Thu, 17th November 2016
Vicky Barraud

Posted by Vicky on 17th November 2016.

1735 miles, 16 ports, 8 children, 2 countries

1 Life changing adventure!


On Sunday 2nd April 2017 a team of eight young people aged between 14 and 18 will begin the adventure of their life as they sail 1735 nautical miles around the coast of Britain. Application for those eight places are open now!

Aspire360 is being organised by Morvargh Sailing Project and is open to young people from across the UK to apply. It will begin and end in Sutton Harbour, Plymouth, and is expected to take 5 weeks to complete.

The crew of young people who will have very little or no sailing experience will be supported by a team of eight adults. They will turn right out of Plymouth Sound and sail in a clockwise direction on Morvargh Sailing Project’s 57 foot ketch, Helen Mary R.

The start of the event will also mark the day that Morvargh Sailing gets back into the water following 3 years of fundraising after the devastating realisation that the rigging would have to be renewed for commercial coding (the licence to operate at sea).

Captain Matthew Barraud said; “The young people will swap the comforts of home for single bunks, a moving deck and having to learn how to cook, clean and look after each other as they get used to their new home. At 57 feet, and weighing 30tons, our Tall Ship, Helen Mary R is as long as five cars and weighs the equivalent of two double decker busses! The largest sail, which the young people will have to manually hoist, is 60ft tall and 40ft wide.

It will be a challenge which will see them battle strong winds, freezing temperatures and rough seas at times throughout the trip; as well as marvelling at our beautiful coastline under sun-drenched skies. It will be a feat of pure physical, mental, emotional and academic endurance, but one which will leave the young people changed forever. They will make strong bonds with their crew mates, increase their own understanding of themselves and their boundaries and most importantly have the confidence that they can try and excel at anything!”

At the heart of ASPIRE360 are a number of educational objectives; not only will the young people be encouraged to push their personal boundaries throughout, they will also learn about themselves as individuals; in their relationships with others and importantly improving their academic skills. The whole five week trip has been designed to link into and compliment the National Curriculum and every activity on board will deepen the understanding of the core subjects both to the participant and the class as a whole.

From the outset the challenge will use a number of social media platforms, along with email newsletters written by the participants to engage with a wider audience. Schools will be able to keep in contact with ‘their’ student and questions can be sent to them via email to be answered during the voyage allowing the rest of the class and school to benefit.

At each location events and visits have been planned to allow the participants to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the importance of the sea to our country as well as discovering more about our rich history and geography. Helen Mary R will be fitted with a tracker allowing live position updates to be displayed on an interactive chart with on the website and young people will also write daily logs to be uploaded.

The application process for any young person in the UK is available here  (applications now closed)

A pack of information for interested schools can applied for by emailing [email protected]

ASPIRE 360 is already oversubscribed and so there will be a selection process to choose the best young people to sail on this life changing voyage. Aspire360 has partnered with the Mount Batten Watersports and Activity Centre in Plymouth to help them with the difficult task.



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Morvargh Sailing Project was incorporated as a Community Interest Company (social enterprise) in January 2010. Since then we have taken many young people sailing on our Tall Ship, Helen Mary R based in Sutton Harbour, Plymouth. We use offshore sailing because it is an unforgiving natural environment that provides a sense of risk and adventure to the participants; whilst allowing us to develop them over a range of disciplines. Helen Mary R is a natural extension to this, she requires hard physical work and cannot be sailed without teamwork communication & resilience, both on deck and down below. Most people come to us with little or no sailing experience but nearly all find it a life changing experience. Our guiding principle is simple, to; Use Sail Training to Inspire & Change Lives.

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