Get to know the OYT Scotland Volunteers! ⛵

We’re putting the spotlight on a different OYT Scotland volunteer each day to showcase what it means to them to volunteer and to help brighten your day during lockdown! Meet the OYTS volunteers!

Today’s volunteer: Graeme Cawthorne

🔹 Q: How long have you been a volunteer with OYTS and what’s your role?

A: I started volunteering with OYTS 13 years ago and now sail as 1st Mate. 

🔸 Q: What and with whom was your first sailing experience & what made you come back for more?

A: I learned to sail with my dad as a child but drifted into other things. A chance meeting with some other OYTS volunteers spurred me to get back into sailing in my 40s. I found it was just like riding a (cold wet) bike…it’s a skill that has lasted me a lifetime. What could be better than providing an opportunity for others, particularly young people, to experience a life changing trip on a sail training yacht. 

⛵ Q: Proudest or most memorable sailing moment?

A: Trying to bake a chocolate cake while short tacking through Corrievreckan. 

🌊Q: Favourite part of being a volunteer with OYT Scotland?

A:Giving all you can and getting twice as much back in return. 

⛵ Q: If you were a boat, what kind of boat would it be and why?

A: I’d be the Colintraive ferry… The scenery is lovely and the crossing takes 2 minutes… Easy life!


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