South Lanarkshire’s Adventure under Sail

Ocean Youth Trust Scotland (OYT Scotland) welcomed ten young people from South Lanarkshire as they took part in a voyage funded by the Scottish Government’s programme “CashBack for Communities”. The young people learnt to navigate, hoist and drop sails, tie knots, and cook for the whole crew aboard the 70ft sail training yacht, Alba Venturer. Setting sail from Greenock on Monday, 4th September, the crew sailed a total of 100 nautical miles, visiting Holy Loch, Tarbert, Loch Fyne, and Largs. One crew member said “It was an experience that helped me to make new friends and do something different” whilst another stated “The week helped me to build my confidence.”

OYT Scotland’s “On Course with CashBack” project is transforming 288 young people’s lives over three years thanks to an award from the “CashBack for Communities” scheme – the Scottish Government’s proceeds of crime fund.  Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson said: “Through CashBack we are supporting many of Scotland’s most disadvantaged young people to reach their full potential in life, helping them to learn new skills, boost their confidence and develop as responsible citizens.”

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