Clipper Race Our Isles and Oceans

Date published: 14 June 2021

Our Isles and Oceans, offering inspiring opportunities for young people, is announced as a Team Partner for the Clipper 2023-24 Round the World Yacht Race. Our Isles and Oceans will join Zhuhai and Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam which have previously been announced as Team Partners for this edition.

This summer, along the West Coast of Scotland, up to 50 successful candidates will take part in a funded sailing course on board an Our Isles and Oceans branded (68 ft) Clipper Race training yacht. Under the guidance of a Clipper Race Training Skipper, each group of recruits will be challenged to learn new practical skills, develop their self belief and work as a team.

In addition, ten of these recruits will then be offered the opportunity to apply for an additional four weeks of intensive ocean racing training to be held at the Clipper Race Training HQ in Gosport, Hampshire. If successful, they would receive a funded place on board the (70 ft) Our Isles and Oceans team entry which will be competing in the Clipper 2023-24 Race.

Each recruit would complete one leg of the Clipper Race circumnavigation. Taking part in this endurance challenge would see them face oceans such as the North or South Atlantic, Southern Ocean and North Pacific, carrying the message of Our Isles and Oceans from a national to a global stage.

Our Isles and Oceans, will create funded programmes for young people affected by the pandemic and lockdown. The first stage of the initiative calls for 18 to 35 year olds from across the UK to apply to a sailing programme aimed at developing self-confidence and self-esteem. Apply Here

The charity Young Minds ran surveys earlier this year and found that 67% of young people believe that the pandemic will have a long-term negative effect on their mental health. Our Isles and Oceans aims to provide positive experiences for these young people.

The Our Isles and Oceans mission statement is ‘Youth Opportunity and Professional Development for Sustainable Livelihoods’ and intends on, through the vehicle of sport and business, highlighting the importance of a sustainable future for the next generation, through activities and partnerships with sustainable organisations and enterprises.

The Clipper Race is the only event of its kind which offers everyday people the opportunity to train to become ocean racing sailors. The confidence built and the skills learnt through the sport of sailing can be transferred from on deck to the workplace, which is why the first Our Isles and Oceans programme to launch will take place on a Clipper Race yacht.

The Our Isles and Oceans campaign begins with its first series of sailing programmes in July 2021. For more information visit - ourislesandoceans.co.uk

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