To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s pioneering voyage to the New World, Plymouth Waterfront Partnership have launched the Spirit of Adventure project, aiming to get around 360 young people from Plymouth, aged 10 years and upwards, on the water during the Mayflower Ocean Festival in May 2020. The project will work closely with Children’s Social Care, Barnardo’s and local schools to ensure that as many disadvantaged children as possible are able to work towards more positive life destinations by taking part, giving them the chance to enjoy hands-on adventures aboard traditional wooden sailing ships.

The Island Trust fleet are involved in this inspiring project, and along with four other vessels will undertake daily voyages in Plymouth Sound during the Festival. On board the young people will work together as a team, hoisting the sails and sailing the boats themselves with support from expert staff. They will build communication, social and co-operation skills and feel a sense of responsibility and achievement, giving a much-needed confidence boost and memories to last a lifetime.

In order to make the project a reality, Plymouth Waterfront Partnership and their partners need to raise £50,000. This will pay for all safety and boat costs, as well as transport, refreshments and resources for the young people.

To find out more about the project and to donate, visit the Spirit of Adventure crowdfunding page, which has been launched to help make it a reality for these deserving young people.  This project offers rewards in return for donations, varying from 10 minutes of fame, a Mayflower pin badge to a VIP sail or sponsorship.