Sail Training Awards

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We are now seeking nominations for the 2020 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 5 nights and 6 days 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 April 2020.

When Do Nominations Close?

Nominations for the 2020 awards have now closed.

A shortlist for local interviews will be compiled before the winners are selected in March 2020. The sailing trip will take place between 4-9th April and the winners will then receive tickets for the 2020 Southampton International Boat Show, where they will be presented with their awards.


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 24th 2020.

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 for full details.

Q. What are the dates of the sailing trip?

A. Winners will set sail from Saturday 4th to Thursday 9th April 2020.

Q. What does the trip start and finish?

A. The voyage will depart and return to Ocean Village Marina in Southampton.

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