3rd May 2011
We are very pleased to announce that Mr Graham recently received an Exceptional Achievement Award to mark his 10 year visionary association with UKSA. Driven by his own passion for the advancement of young people, he ensures that everyone has the opportunity to maximise their own personal growth. The award was presented by HRH the Princess Royal, Patron of UKSA, and their CEO Jon Ely mentioned that Jeremy was an exceptional example of how an individual is prepared to engage with them to deliver real, life changing experiences and lasting outcomes for all.
Following this, another group travelled to UKSA and whether it was “maxing the coach” boat at 25 knots across the Solent or a more leisurely 5 knots on a yacht sailing to The Needles, this year’s visit offered a variety of opportunities, including the completion of a number of different qualifications. Students could choose between spending a week on a yacht working towards yachting, crew or skipper qualifications or a mix of power boat and keel boat sailing.
The students on yachts travelled the length and breadth of the Solent with instructors encouraging them to navigate routes via sandbanks and busy shipping channels and practise man over board drills as well as sail using the correct sail settings and sails for the conditions. Mr England and five students gained their Day Skipper qualification, a significant achievement given the knowledge and skills required, and a number of others got the opportunity to helm a 67 foot global challenge yacht with some being hoisted to the top of the 85 foot mast. It was a fantastic week on the water, made even more enjoyable by the sunshine and the excellent, enthusiastic attitude of all those who took part.