Our TeamMeet The Island Trust's Crew - both on and off the water!
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.
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.
Hi I’m Emma, or Titch as I’m more commonly known. I started out in sail training when I was just 17, taking part in a tall ships race which changed my life. After that I would volunteer when I could on sail training boats, until I decided to make it a career once I’d finished Uni. For over 10 years now I’ve been lucky enough to sail with some amazing people in some amazing places, from the Arctic to the Caribbean, Scotland to New Zealand… it doesn’t matter where you are, sail training has a magic you won’t find anywhere else. I’m super excited to discover the West Country as skipper of Moosk this year, and hopefully create some magic to go with it.
Growing up in Falmouth I was always fishing, and a bit of sailing. After working in science for a number of years I returned home to Falmouth, oyster dredging under sail in the winter and line fishing in the summer. At this point I was doing a lot of sailing on various yachts and heritage boats and I decided to make a career out of it. In 2017 I joined the 1904 west country trading ketch Bessie Ellen for the end of the winter refit in Svendborg, Denmark. I was then first mate for the 2017 season – passage back to Fowey, spring charters in Cornwall, summer season from Oban and winter season from Tenerife. In 2018 I joined the Trinity Sailing Foundation as skipper of Golden Vanity, one of the two remaining Mumble Bees – the smallest class of Brixham trawler. The season was filled with RYA courses, sail training trips and DofE expeditions out of Brixham. In 2019 I was skipper of Provident, an example of the Mule class Brixham trawler. We ran sail training trips and a lot of charters also out of Brixham, it was a great season with a lot of trips to the Channel Islands and Brittany. At the end of 2019 I went up to Den Helder to work on the refit of the brigantine Tres Hombres, the only transatlantic cargo ship and sail training vessel in the world with no engine. I then joined as first mate for the outward passage, really enjoying the reality of sailing to a schedule with no engine. I also got to grips with astronavigation and will soon sit my exam for RYA Yachtmaster Ocean. Learning square rigged sailing was another great opportunity. I have been lucky enough to join The Island Trust as relief skipper across the fleet for 2020 and I’m really looking forward to the season.
My name is Dan and I have been working on boats for 6 years. 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.
Hey my name is Katie; I started sailing in 2012 when I was just 11 years old. My first ever sailing experience was on The Island Trust boat Moosk, where I travelled along the beautiful coast line from Plymouth up to London. This trip opened my eyes to what sailing was all about and soon after I found myself asking for any sailing opportunities during all of my school holidays. It wasn’t long before sailing became my passion and I started to volunteer for The Island Trust in June 2016, and in June 2018 I became a full time member of the team. While enjoying sailing so much I have since been lucky enough to experience opportunities such as both the ASTO Small Ships and STI Tall Ships Races. During my time at the Tall Ships Races in the Baltic Sea I had the chance to experience sailing in all weathers to Finland, Lithuania, Poland, Denmark and Germany. Although I enjoy every second that I spend at sea my most enjoyable moments must be steering into a beautiful sunrise after a long night sail. Having all of these sailing experiences I have found that I have grown so much as a person and I look forward to helping create this positive impact on as many young peoples’ lives as I can.
Hi, I’m Roo. My introduction to sailing came eight years ago, when I took part in a school trip on board one of The Island Trust’s boats. 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, 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 on board during the year!
Mate / Skipper
I began sailing 10 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. More recently, I’ve sailed in both the Arctic and Antarctic.
2nd Mate / Cook
Hi I’m Enya. I started dinghy sailing when I was 9 years old at Weir Quay Cadet Sailing, I learned the basics of dinghy sailing on anything we could grab our hands on! From Picos and Lasers to r.s. visions either sailing solo or with a crew. I had the opportunity to sail with Trinity Sailing on a school trip in 2012. I had such a great time, I saved up and sailed many times with them. After completing my catering training I was offered the position of cook with Trinity Sailing. I worked for Trinity Sailing for 3 years as cook. The best part about sailing for me is the people that you meet, being crew members or young people and making memories that they will never forget.
Hello I am Sally. My first experience of sailing was on The Isles of Scilly where I helped to restore a classic Redwing dinghy and sailed her to St Agnes from St Marys. That was me hooked. I decided to go to college and study Marine construction, systems engineering and maintenance in 2016. Part of the course included qualifications for working at sea.
Sailing has taken me on many adventures; I have visited Skye and climbed the Dubh Ridge, danced away Breton style at Douarnenez Festival and raced around the Norfolk Broads.
I have worked for The Island Trust for three years and one of my most memorable moments was sailing to The Isles of Scilly on Pegasus at night, with phosphorescence lighting up our bow wave and dolphins playing by our side. These are the moments that last a lifetime and can be experienced by all.
Fundraiser / Marine and Maritime Specialist
This is my fourth year with The Island Trust. I help develop and deliver the Ocean Discoverability day trips for children with disabilities, and raise the funds for them. I worked doing the same trips in the Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter, Cornubia, for six years. I also work as 2nd Mate on Ocean Literacy voyages, where we study ocean life by trawling for plankton and looking at it under the microscope; using underwater cameras and viewing marine life on the screen in the saloon; spotting and recording wildlife as we sail; rockpool rambles and beach cleans. I started sailing when I was 14 and was a volunteer mate in the Ocean Youth Club sailing gaff and bermudan rigged boats in my early 20’s. I carried on sailing in my own and other people’s boats throughout my 30 years in the Navy. Since then I have worked with several organisations helping to raise awareness of the sea, the amazing things that live in it, and the amazing opportunities it offers. I hope to help The Island Trust get young people to understand how and why our ocean is so important to us all.
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.
I am responsible for raising the all important funds needed to enable young people to get on the water and learn to sail on our fantastic fleet of boats. I am a sea lover and moved to the West Country in 2003 to be closer to the coast. I am fairly new to sailing but I am a real lover of being active outdoors and have a passion for sea swimming and am used to being on the water as my parents used to live on a boat in Plymouth! I passionately believe that being active and the experience of sailing can make a positive difference to individuals lives.
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, office 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; fossil collector and paleontologist Mary Anning; 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!