Our Young Ambassadors Have Landed Ashore!

The 2023 Young Ambassadors stand aboard Alba Explorer with their sea staff.

On August 6th, after an action-packed ten days at sea, our Young Ambassadors finally reached their voyage end point in Oban.

Their challenge voyage started back in Lerwick, where young people set off amongst a crowd of tall ships taking part in the Tall Ships Races 2023. The group explored local historic sites, dressed up as Vikings, and even used a power drill to make a delicious Eton Mess.

Leaving the waters of Shetland, the group travelled around Orkney and successfully completed their first ever night sail!

One Young Ambassador, Joe, said: “It has honestly been one of the best experiences of my life. I learned so much, and saw so many awesome things, but I would be lying if I didn’t say that this was also the best sailing I’ve ever been a part of too. 

“Before getting on Alba Explorer in Lerwick, I was told horror stories of the Minch, and the terrible monsters that live beneath its waves. I never thought for a minute that we would be cruising across it in shorts and t-shirts with the breeze behind us.  

“The sea staff and the rest of the crew were some of the best company I could have asked for, and I’m really looking forward to sailing as a Watch Leader on the 2024 Young Ambassadors trip.”

These young people sailed a total of 466 nautical miles over their ten days at sea, reaching anchorages such as Jarlshof, Fair Isle, Kilchoan and Scalpay.

Once back on land, the young people sat down to reflect on everything they had achieved. Highlights of the programme included…

  • Support and mentorship to develop our leadership skills and confidence
  • Community engagement through fundraising efforts
  • Anchoring on the Isle of Soay!
  • Having the autonomy and independence to identify what you need to practice and how you’ll go about doing it

Thank you to Sail Training International for supporting our Young Ambassadors Programme.

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