Project information

Sailing Adventures

To give disadvantaged young people hands-on sailing experiences in the UK on our tall ship. The experience will inspire a spirit of adventure and a love of sailing, whilst fostering new skills. Royal Yachting Association qualifications will be provided, with further volunteering opportunities.

March 2011 - September 2012

Charity information: Oakmere Community College

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  • Need


    Most young people do not have access to such opoprtunities. Liverpool has a rich maritime history and in April-May 2011 will host its first Liverpool Boat Show. Yet many young people are excluded from these opportunities. If young people are not engaged in something positive, it can result in them lacking confidence, motivation, not putting effort in at school, not progressing into college or jobs, hanging around on the streets and getting into trouble.


    It will provide sail training and a UK waters sailing experience on our tall ship the GMC. Young people will learn from highly trained, experienced crew, every aspect of sailing, on a comprehensive training programme, leading to Royal Yachting Association qualifications. The experience is totally hands-on for the young people: navigation, at the helm, lookout, cooking, plotting courses. It will give them something positive to aim for with opportunities for further learning and volunteering.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Engage 80 young people in the sailing experiences.


    » Outreach and recruitment drives in Liverpool every 8 weeks throughout the lifetime of the project
    » Promotional campaign through existing partner organisations, social media.

    Success will be...80 young people signed up to the voyages and demonstrating an active interest in sailing.

    Aim 2

    Undertake 10 sailing voyages, leading to achievement of RYA qualifications for the young people.


    » Co-ordinate the training programme and sailing voyages.

    Success will be... full completion of the voyages, all young people achieve the qualification, good or better grades on evaluations.

    Aim 3

    Inspire at least 25 young people to become involved in volunteering, either with GMC or other.


    » Promote volunteering opportunities, \"meet the volunteer\", source volunteering opportunities in areas of interest to the young people.

    Success will be... young people trained and genuinely engaged in volunteering opportunities of interest to them, completing at least 6 months volunteering and enhancing their CVs.

  • Impact


    The project will increase opportunities for local young people to participate in positive activity with training. Feedback from participants will be integral to the evaluation of the project.
    We will demonstrate the success of this project by tracking the progression of young people onto further learning, volunteering and jobs.


    The project depends on well qualified and experienced staff. We have a bank of suitable sailing professionals, to ensure provision would meet our standards.
    Weather could affect the project sailing trips. However, as we have our own boat, trips only run from spring into early autumn and we have the flexibility to reschedule trips should the weather be so poor that sailing is not possible.


    Information via social media - eg participants video diaries.
    Monthly progress report to donors, reporting on progress to date, upcoming activities and any issues.
    Annual report, detailing all achieved outcomes to date, collated feedback from participants.
    Invitation to end of project evaluation

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £60,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Training Courses Post Voyage, average £125 per young person
      £23,000 Sessional Staff, Volunteers Costs of RYA approved Skipper, First Mate, volunteer costs
      £3,500 Maintenance & Equipment Contribution to maintenance and equipment eg waterproofs, life jackets, wear & tear
      £5,000 Meals For each 5 day voyage
      £4,000 Accreditation costs Young people on voyages to achieve Competent Crew status
      £8,500 Fuel For voyages
      £3,000 Berthing Fees For voyages
      £3,000 Insurance For voyages
  • Background


    The project will operate on the GMC, a sail training vessel, which has been used to teach young people sailing for 20 years. It currently operates, as a social enterprise, out of the World Heritage site and historic port city of Liverpool.


    80 young people in Merseyside benefit directly, learning new skills, gaining qualifications, being involved in positive activity to motivate them and deterred from negative activity eg anti-social behaviour, gun/gang/knife crime, disengagement from school. Merseyside is the most deprived region in the country, with the most deprived city (Liverpool) with the most deprived wards (top 0.5%) eg Everton, Kirkdale. Employment prospects are challenging, but new opportunities will arise: Wind Farms.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    2011 is Oakmere's 30th year of supporting disadvantaged and vulnerable people get on and stay on a path to a better future. Tthe young person is at the heart of everything we do, through a complete wrap around package of support, training, work placements and positive activity. Across all programmes our progression rate -70%- is higher than the local, regional, national averages.
    Oakmere has operated the GMC since 2009 and a team of students won the Small Ships race 2010 (Belfast to Greenock)

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    David Turner

    David, Chief Executive, has worked with us for 20 years. His vision, passion and experience has been instrumental in the development of the charity.

    Dave Murray

    The sailing guru! Dave loves bringing sailing to young people who would not normally have the opportunity. He is a qualified Skipper and Diver.

Learning to sail

Learning to sail


Will pay for one young person's 5 day sailing

"Thank you. My son has gone from being shy and unconfident to a very happy, motivated young man."

Parents of young person