Our Vision is to be the best youth development maritime organisation in the world.
Our Mission is to offer young people on the island of Ireland, and our diaspora, the best possible youth development and educational opportunities at sea. Incorporated will be peace and reconciliation, job creation, tourism, enterprise, and adventure.
Our objective is to bring young people from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland together for youth development voyages on a purpose built tall ship.
This is not about teaching people to sail; it’s about developing the self-esteem, teamwork, leadership, and communication skills of fifteen to eighteen year olds. At the same time we will play a significant role in furthering peace and reconciliation on the island.
In addition we will help the island reach its maritime potential through education, sport, tourism, employment, innovation and enterprise.
The annual programme will be focussed on five to ten day youth development voyages. Forty trainees will be recruited for each voyage, (twenty males and twenty females) from forty different schools or youth groups across the island. This will help create a cross section of society on each voyage. A panel of experts has been advising the Trust on all aspects of the programme. Below is a short video to see what the trainees say about the voyages.
Over 1,000 youth development trainee places a year, 100 youth rehabilitation opportunities a year, thousands more introduced to the sea, tall ship races attracted to the island, tangible diaspora engagement, consistent maritime economy stimulus, all over the 30+ year lifespan of the ship.
There are numerous benefits, qualitative and quantitative, for what we're doing. Here are a few:
Pictured above is what months of research and consultation produced with Damen Shipbuilders and Dykstra Naval Architects. It will be the safest, steel hulled, tall ship afloat when launched. To learn more about the technical aspect follow this link.
Once sufficient capital is secured we will put the full design and build of the ship out to tender. The build will take 2 years and the ship will then be operational for 30+ years.