ASPIRE 360 – Round Britain Challenge

ASPIRE 360 – Round Britain Challenge

ASPIRE 360 Morvargh Sailing Projects UK Circumnavigation

Thu, 13th October 2016
Matthew Barraud

Posted by Matthew on 13th October 2016.

A circumnavigation of the UK: 1735 miles, 16 amazing ports, 8 students, 2 countries, 1 Life changing adventure!

As a celebration of our launch on the 2nd April 2017 Morvargh Sailing Project has launched a fantastic opportunity for eight young people aged between 14 & 18 to experience the United Kingdom in a way few others have, by sea. ASPIRE 360 is a major circumnavigation of the UK, sailing over 1735 nautical miles, visiting 16 amazing ports and 2 countries. Young people do not need any previous sailing experience as the staff on board (called Afterguard) will teach them everything they need to know. They will meet new people and work together to set sails, steer, keep watch and even cook.

ASPIRE 360 will depart Plymouth’s Sutton Harbour and sail in a Westabout direction around the UK. The route will visit 16 ports in the UK and Ireland with events and educational visits planned in each port.

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 buses! 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!

To take part, participants need to be aged between 14 and 18 years old and be released from their school to take part. The maximum cost per person is £1247, we hope to be able to reduce this cost through sponsorship, business support and/or bursary funding; although it must be noted at the time of going to press this is still being organised.

Selection Process

ASPIRE 360 is already oversubscribed and as such we will be running a selection process to choose the best young people to sail on this life changing voyage. We have partnered with the Mount Batten Watersports and Activity Centre to help us with this difficult task. The centre has a long history of providing quality outdoor courses and experiences and their staff will be invaluable. Please do visit their website for more information on the courses and experiences they provide.

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