We are now seeking nominations for the 2016 sailing experience, when inspirational young people between the ages of 12 and 18 will be selected for a week’s sailing trip on board Prolific, operated by Ocean Youth Trust (OYT) South.

 

Award Winners 

Please nominate young people between the ages of 12 and 18, who you feel should be rewarded for their achievements or inspiration and support to others around them; those who have overcome adverse personal circumstances or shown other exceptional accomplishments.

Those in contact with young people are invited to send in nominations, including teachers, guide or scout leaders, youth group leaders, friends and employers. Anyone can nominate, apart from parents, guardians or close family.

Past winners have included young people who have been outstanding achievers, as well as those who have been involved in voluntary work, those who have never had the chance to travel abroad, and those with added family responsibilities.

Winners will be selected from the regions in which MDL Marinas are located; the South West, Dorset, Hampshire, Thames Valley and East Coast. 

 

The Sailing Experience 

The winners will spend 6 nights living and sailing on board an OYT sail training yacht and will become involved in all aspects of life on board, including hoisting sails, helping with maintenance, sailing the boat at night and cooking and cleaning with the rest of the crew. This is an unforgettable sailing experience, departing from and returning to Southampton in March 2016.

 

When Do Nominations Close? 

Nominations closed on Saturday 9th January 2016

A shortlist for local interviews will be compiled before the winners are selected mid February 2016. The sailing trip will take place between 26th – 31st March and the winners will then receive tickets for the 2016 Southampton Boat Show, where they will be presented with their awards.


FAQs

Q. Are disabled children able to participate? 
A. Yes – both disabled and able bodied children can particpate. Each person must be able to get around on their own, and able to negotiate stairs for a week. It will also require manoeuvring around in all weathers and unstable environments. 

Q. Is there wheelchair access aboard the boat? 
A. No (please see above). 

Q. What is the age limit for nominations? 
A. Those put forward can not be older than the age of 18 when nominations closed on January 9th 2016.  

Q. Can there be multiple nomations on one submission form? 
A. No, there must be separate forms completed for each nominee. 

Q. Does this trip cost anything? 
A. No, there is no cost involved to those participating in the Sail Training Awards. 

Q. How do I find out more information about the Ocean Youth Trust? 
A. Please visit their website at www.oytsouth.org for full details. 

Q. What are the dates of the sailing trip? 
A. Winners will set sail from Saturday 26th to Thursday 31st March 2016.

Q. What does the trip start and finish? 
A. The voyage will depart and return to Ocean Village Marina in Southampton.