Meet The Island Trust’s Crew – both on and off the water!
Hello, I’m Aidan. My first experience of sailing was in 2005 when I was invited to help deliver Moosk back from Amsterdam to Plymouth. I had no idea what to expect and it was a wet and windy first voyage, with challenges and damp socks thrown in. Nonetheless I stepped ashore wearing a big grin and great deal more self-belief! I came back to volunteer on Moosk and Tectona in my summer holidays and steadily gained experience, working up to my RYA Coastal and Yachtmaster Certificates. This training helped me to go further and gain work in a variety of jobs at sea, from fishing boats to fancy yachts, but best of all has got to be joining The Island Trust in 2016! Sharing the exhilaration of sailing with so many young people is brilliant! I’m very happy to be working with such a great team and to be sailing Moosk once again. Come and sail with us!
Hi! When I was 15 I joined the sail training vessel Greater Manchester Challenge for a voyage from North Wales to Ireland. I can still remember the trip now! I also remember my dad pointing at the 25 year old skipper saying “can you see yourself driving a boat like this in ten years’ time?” I started my RYA Competent Crew certificate on that voyage and since then, in a roundabout way, have found myself as a sail training Skipper! I always remember how I felt as a teenager and I like helping others to achieve so much more than they thought themselves capable of. See you on the water, Ben.
I started sailing when I was fifteen; I was awarded a bursary to do a trip on TS Royalist, the Sea Cadets’ square rigger. I didn’t really want to go and tried to send a mate instead, but they forced me anyway and it turns out I quite like being at sea. I did a few more trips with the Sea Cadets on Royalist, including the 2005 Tall Ships Race and got my Competent Crew on one of their yachts before deciding I wanted to do sail training full time. I did a year as a volunteer bosun and have worked my way up in qualifications since to become Mate and then Skipper, sailing many different boats in lots of exciting places, always enjoying the beach bonfires, whale spotting and starry night sails and still ever reliant on milky coffee; the odd epic film soundtrack and awful cheese jokes.
Skipper / Mate
Hi, I’m Hannah. I first went on a sail training voyage in 2008 and enjoyed it so much that I was soon sailing as a volunteer with the Ocean Youth Trust. This gave me opportunities to sail in the UK and abroad, including to Iceland, the Netherlands and Norway. I started working for the Island Trust in 2014, since then I’ve sailed with a wide range of groups on all three boats. I’ve taken part in events such as ASTO Small Ships Races and Paimpol festival, as well as becoming an RYA Cruising Instructor. I particularly enjoy meeting new people and having opportunities to visit and explore new ports.
My name is Dan and I am 23 years old. I have been working on boats for 2 years and currently work on Pegasus, the Island Trust’s own green pilot cutter. I started sailing in 2014 when I went on Tectona as a young person for a week. My favourite thing to do on board is put up the topsail. In November 2015 Hannah and I were invited to Oman by Sail Training International to represent the UK at a wonderful event in support of international friendship and understanding. One day I want to own my own boat and sail across the Atlantic. Sailing is the perfect way to see the world from a unique perspective and widen horizons. It’s brilliant for teamwork and improving confidence.
I began sailing 6 years ago, where I did the 2010 Tall Ships Race from Kristiansand in Norway, to Hartlepool, UK on board the sail training vessel James Cook. That’s what got me hooked, and I became a volunteer for the Ocean Youth Trust North on James Cook. They trained me up from scratch to get my qualifications and pass my first mates assessment. And during that time I’ve sailed on lots of various sail training boats. In 2013 I was selected to take part in the ASTO International Exchange, representing the UK sailing in Canada on Lake Ontario. Once I had finished uni, I spent my first season sailing professionally as a second mate and relief first mate for Gordonstoun School up on the West Coast of Scotland. And now I’m here for the next adventure. I’m also hoping to sail in both the Arctic and Antarctic later this year.
I started sailing with Cremyll Sailing in 2009 when I was 12 on a trip across the Bristol Channel on Tectona. After that I was hooked and averaged around 4/5 trips a year with Cremyll Sailing/The Island Trust (Cremyll Sailing merged with The Island Trust in 2012), taking part in everything from Teenage Weeks to the Tall Ships Races to the Small Ships Races. In 2014 I started to do more sailing with other charities and came across a ‘Cadetship’ with Ocean Youth Trust Scotland to which I applied for and was successful in getting. I then spent until October 2016 with OYT and in that time went from being a Day Skipper to a Cruising Instructor and passed out as an OYT First Mate. Now I’m looking forward to being back on gaffers and sailing with The Island Trust in a slightly warmer part of the world!
Hi, I’m Andrew, Tectona’s second mate. My introduction to sailing came five years ago, when I took part in a school trip onboard Tectona for a week with The Island Trust. Having enjoyed this week so much, and experiencing how much I grew as a person from it, I came back and sailed with the Island Trust on many occasions afterwards. I’m now part of the sea staff onboard Tectona, with the opportunity to try and help all the young people that come on voyages as much as I have been helped previously. I really enjoy working with young people, helping them to experience what will hopefully be one of the best weeks of their lives. During my time sailing as a young person I was able to experience a wide range of sailing opportunities and different events, but my overall favourite sailing situation has to be night sailing with cloudless skies. The amount of stars you can see is simply magical. I look forward to welcoming you onboard during the year!
My name is Tom. I have built my career around sail training and sailing, skippering boats in various Tall Ships races and a season in the Caribbean. (That was hard!). I started sailing dinghy’s aged six. When I left college I worked in a boatyard in Cornwall. Then got a job as bosun with the Cirdan Sailing Trust. I worked there for 5½ years. The last 2½ years skippering Duet which included Tall Ships Races and the Americas Cup Jubilee. I then moved to Plymouth skippering a large ketch. I started with The Island Trust as skipper before becoming the Operations Manager.
Hi I’m Helen and I look after bookings for The Island Trust. My first experience of sailing was at the age of 9 when my father bought a polystyrene boat which my sister and I painted bright yellow. We did not have the best of starts when we launched on the River Thames and almost sailed over a weir! These days I’m happy sailing on the Trust’s three beautiful boats and experiencing first-hand how much enjoyment people gain from being at sea. The best part of my job is hearing about the positive impact that sail training brings to so many young lives.
Hello. I have been the fundraiser for The Island Trust for more than two years but prior to that I worked directly with young people and I regularly sent groups sailing with them. Having seen the positive impact that a voyage has on (sometimes challenging or vulnerable) young people I firmly believe that the experience of being on board changes lives and futures. Although I am a huge lover of the sea and marine/coastal environment, I am somewhat of a latecomer to sailing and I remain thrilled by the sight of the boats in full sail. I completely understand how the young crews feel nervous, excited and proud of their achievements in working together to sail and navigate these beautiful traditional vessels.
I’m Jane and I am The Island Trust’s Bookkeeper. I’ve been with The Island Trust since 2007. As well as looking after the charity’s finances, I manage the website, company administration, and a whole host of other things. I love the sea and was lucky to grow up in a seaside town; famous for its harbour wall, The Cobb, and the Monmouth Rebellion, an attempt to overthrow King James II, when The Duke of Monmouth landed on the town’s beach on 11 June 1685. There is nothing quite like the sound of the waves, the smell of the salty water and the fresh clean air to invigorate you. Working for this amazing sail training charity isn’t just a job to me, it’s a passion!